• American Masters -- Dancer Julie Kent on Beauty and Humanity
    S29 E4: Dancer Julie Kent on Beauty and Humanity
    Julie Kent, principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, joined the company in ...
    Julie Kent, principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, joined the company in 1985 and will retire in 2015 after the company's spring season at Lincoln Center. In this film excerpt, she recalls a ...
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  • American Masters -- The Language of Ballet: French and Fit for a King
    S29 E4: The Language of Ballet: French and Fit for a King
    The language of the ballet is in French; it all began in France with King Louis ...
    The language of the ballet is in French; it all began in France with King Louis XIV in the 17th century. Wherever ballet is studied, the names of the steps are in French: tendu, grande battement, ...
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  • American Masters -- The Choreographers of American Ballet Theatre
    S29 E4: The Choreographers of American Ballet Theatre
    "Every single choreographer of importance in 20th century made their mark in the ...
    "Every single choreographer of importance in 20th century made their mark in the first decade of American Ballet Theatre," explains current artist-in-residence, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. Dance ...
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  • American Masters -- Jascha Heifetz: Estrellita Encore Song
    S29 E3: Jascha Heifetz: Estrellita Encore Song
    In 1923 violinist Jascha Heifetz was in Mexico City and realized he didn't have ...
    In 1923 violinist Jascha Heifetz was in Mexico City and realized he didn't have any work by a Mexican composer on his program. While in a cafe, he heard a musician sing a popular song written by ...
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  • American Masters -- Jascha Heifetz Concerts for 1923 Japan Earthquake Victims
    S29 E3: Jascha Heifetz Concerts for 1923 Japan Earthquake Victims
    Jascha Heifetz traveled to Japan in 1923, weeks after the earthquake on ...
    Jascha Heifetz traveled to Japan in 1923, weeks after the earthquake on September 1 that devastated Tokyo, Yokohama and the Kanto region, with casualties near 143,000. He gave outdoor performances ...
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  • American Masters -- Jascha Heifetz Lives the Good Life
    S29 E3: Jascha Heifetz Lives the Good Life
    "After I came to America, my one aim, it seems, was to enjoy myself," said the ...
    "After I came to America, my one aim, it seems, was to enjoy myself," said the violinist whose fame grew with his Carnegie Hall debut and first audio recordings made in 1917. Heifetz bought a large ...
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  • American Masters -- Filmmaker Peter Rosen on Key Assets of Jascha Heifetz Film
    S29 E3: Filmmaker Peter Rosen on Key Assets of Jascha Heifetz Film
    Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker Peter Rosen describes his three key assets ...
    Emmy- and Peabody-winning filmmaker Peter Rosen describes his three key assets for making the documentary Jascha Heifetz: God's Fiddler: the home movies by Heifetz that Rosen discovered; a set ...
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  • American Masters -- Jascha Heifetz: Patriotic Service During World War II
    S29 E3: Jascha Heifetz: Patriotic Service During World War II
    Jascha Heifetz not only had a daily ritual of raising the U.S. flag at his home. ...
    Jascha Heifetz not only had a daily ritual of raising the U.S. flag at his home. He also toured extensively for the USO during World War II. Ayke Agus, his accompanist and longtime companion, shares ...
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  • American Masters -- Jascha Heifetz Tests Itzhak Perlman's Skills
    S29 E3: Jascha Heifetz Tests Itzhak Perlman's Skills
    Itzhak Perlman reminisces about his first encounter as a teenager with the ...
    Itzhak Perlman reminisces about his first encounter as a teenager with the world-famous violinist Jascha Heifetz. Perlman was a student at Juilliard and Heifetz stopped in at his class to hear him ...
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  • American Masters -- Jascha Heifetz: Passion in His Playing
    S29 E3: Jascha Heifetz: Passion in His Playing
    Jascha Heifetz, a child prodigy violin player, was taught to present himself ...
    Jascha Heifetz, a child prodigy violin player, was taught to present himself passively to better focus attention on the music. This does not mean the music played by one of the world's greatest ...
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  • American Masters -- August Wilson on the Dialogue in His Plays
    S29 E2: August Wilson on the Dialogue in His Plays
    August Wilson describes how dialogue comes to him and guides his character ...
    August Wilson describes how dialogue comes to him and guides his character development and the plot. This film excerpt from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand includes a dramatic reading of ...
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  • American Masters -- Costume Designs for August Wilson Plays
    S29 E2: Costume Designs for August Wilson Plays
    Constanza Romero created costume designs for August Wilson's plays and the two ...
    Constanza Romero created costume designs for August Wilson's plays and the two artists married each other in 1994. Romero describes the decisions she made while creating looks for August Wilson's ...
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  • American Masters -- Filmmaker Sam Pollard on His August Wilson Documentary
    S29 E2: Filmmaker Sam Pollard on His August Wilson Documentary
    Filmmaker Sam Pollard's latest documentary for American Masters is August ...
    Filmmaker Sam Pollard's latest documentary for American Masters is August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. In this filmmaker interview he speaks about Wilson's relevance, interviewing actors and ...
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  • American Masters -- Actor James Earl Jones on August Wilson's Plays
    S29 E2: Actor James Earl Jones on August Wilson's Plays
    In this behind-the-scenes look from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, ...
    In this behind-the-scenes look from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, director Sam Pollard interviews James Earl Jones, a Tony Award winner in 1987 for his role in Wilson's "Fences," for ...
  • American Masters -- August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, Panel Discussion
    S29 E2: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, Panel Discussion
    After showing highlights from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand on ...
    After showing highlights from August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand on February 9, 2015, the film's director and producer, Sam Pollard, moderated a panel with actors Phylicia Rashad and Ruben ...
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  • American Masters -- August Wilson in Seattle
    S29 E2: August Wilson in Seattle
    In 1990, August Wilson and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero, moved to ...
    In 1990, August Wilson and his wife, costume designer Constanza Romero, moved to Seattle. After his death in 2005, the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Center honored the playwright by naming ...
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  • American Masters -- August Wilson's Youth
    S29 E2: August Wilson's Youth
    August Wilson and two of his sisters recall his early school days, when he ...
    August Wilson and two of his sisters recall his early school days, when he showed an early love of language and learning, and suffered daily insults for being black at a primarily white school. Wilson ...
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  • American Masters -- Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Skills for "Seven Guitars" Role
    S29 E2: Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Skills for "Seven Guitars" Role
    Blues music runs through many of August Wilson's plays, particularly "Seven ...
    Blues music runs through many of August Wilson's plays, particularly "Seven Guitars." Ruben Santiago-Hudson didn't know how to play harmonica when he auditioned for his role in it, but he aimed to ...
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  • American Masters -- Phylicia Rashad Performs "Gem of the Ocean" Aunt Ester Scene
    S29 E2: Phylicia Rashad Performs "Gem of the Ocean" Aunt Ester Scene
    In August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean," Aunt Ester is a matriarch and former ...
    In August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean," Aunt Ester is a matriarch and former slave. Phylicia Rashad performed the role on Broadway and in a dramatic reading created for August Wilson: The Ground on ...
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  • American Masters -- Scene from "Fences," a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play
    S29 E2: Scene from "Fences," a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play
    August Wilson's "Fences" won a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony Awards in 1987. In ...
    August Wilson's "Fences" won a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony Awards in 1987. In this scene staged for August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand, characters Tony, Rose and Bono have a heated ...
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  • American Masters -- Monologue from "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" by August Wilson
    S29 E2: Monologue from "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" by August Wilson
    "White folks don’t understand about the blues," says Ma Rainey in the play, ...
    "White folks don’t understand about the blues," says Ma Rainey in the play, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," set in a Chicago recording studio in 1927. This dramatic reading created for August Wilson: ...
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