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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Great Performances: ‘Young Men’

PBS goes to war with ‘Young Men’.

This intriguing production stars the internationally acclaimed, all-male dance company BalletBoyz.

According to the Great Performances web site,

"The narrative follows a young solider and his squadron’s experience of basic training, combat, and ultimately, the destruction of modern warfare. The film is shot without words, instead using the locations and carefully choreographed dance to depict the devastation of a continent. The characters themselves remain ambiguous, representative of the experiences of young men of every nation as they struggle to maintain their humanity in an unending cycle of combat and death.

These young men succumb to the terror of their situation in a myriad of ways. War takes its mental and bodily toll on these comrades, as they struggle to survive one day’s destruction, only to wake to another’s mortal threats. A potent combination of music and choreography, the film is an immersive emotional journey into the reality facing young men at the extremes of human experience."

This production originally aired April 7th. If you missed this you can see it online at the official Great Performances web site.

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