An ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America, documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.
Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun (#2703H) Duration: 1:25:46 SRND51 TVPG
She was a dancer of uncommon style and beauty, full of candor, passion and humor, the love object of arguably the two leading 20th century choreographers working in America - the muse to both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for her. She also inspired the great ballets Western Symphony, LaValse and Metamorphosis. Recognized as uniquely gifted - her vivacity, her unbelievably long legs, her sinuous figure, her theatricality and spirit - she was a ballerina of rare versatility. No one was thought to have a brighter future until it suddenly stopped. On a tour of Europe in 1956, Tanny was struck down by polio at age 27. In an iron lung with a dire prognosis, she never danced again. Balanchine devoted himself to her recuperation and, eventually, her personal tragedy became another kind of artistic triumph - paralyzed from the waist down and wheel chair ridden, her story is ultimately one of great courage and fortitude.
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Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey (#2902H) Duration: 56:46 SRND51 TVPG
Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. A co-presentation of Voces and American Masters.
Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning (#2704H) Duration: 1:56:46 SRND51 TVPG
More than six decades of 20th-century America are seen through the prism of Dorothea Lange's life and lens. Known for her powerful images from the Great Depression, Lange's haunting "Migrant Mother" remains emblematic of that period. As young America matured into a world power, Lange continued to bear witness, bringing subjects alive, transmitting raw emotions and capturing the human condition. This film is made by Dyanna Taylor, Lange's granddaughter, who began her artistic vision, literally, at Lange's feet.
American Ballet Theatre: A History (#2803H) Duration: 1:25:46 STEREO TVPG
Delve into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world's pre-eminent ballet companies. Ric Burns' documentary combines intimate rehearsal footage, virtuoso performances and interviews with American Ballet Theatre's key figures: artists pivotal to the company's formation, including Alicia Alonso and the late Donald Saddler and Frederic Franklin; contemporary luminaries, including dancers Susan Jaffe and Julie Kent, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and artistic director Kevin McKenzie; past and present stars Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomes and Hee Seo.