Performance & the Arts Programs

Eaton Creative has developed a specialty in performance programming, both theatrical and in the creation of high-end HD location performance specials that celebrate the music, dance and culture of a particular nation, region or ethnic group.

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Arts & The Mind

A 2-hour PBS documentary project exploring the effects of the arts on the development and behavior of humans at both ends of life. In childhood and older age, as the human mind is first growing and then slowing down, the impact of music, dance and visual arts on cognitive abilities is most easily seen. Weaving together stories from childhood and older age, ARTS & THE MIND journeys across America to reveal compelling present-day examples, cutting edge science, and historical context that make clear how and why the arts are a vital part of our health and well-being at both ends of life. ARTS & THE MIND is a co production of Eaton Creative, Inc and Twin Cities Public TV for 2012 PBS distribution. Leo Eaton is Series Producer.

Capturing Macbeth

A 120-minute televised theatrical performance, along with 50 minutes of behind-the-scenes documentary, during the final performances of a unique stage production of Macbeth, produced for the Folger Theater in Washington DC by Teller (the magician from Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner of the acclaimed Two River Theater Company in New Jersey. Including cast interviews, backstage activities and a full multi-camera HD recording of the play itself, this special gives a close-up view of how Teller and Posner have imbued their production with the language of American horror films and the magic illusions for which Teller is famous. Leo Eaton directed for Caragol Wells Productions and the Folger Shakespeare Library (now on DVD release from Simon & Schuster).

Fiesta Mexicana

A 75-minute performance special – hosted by Hispanic singing icon Vikki Carr – that celebrates the music and dance of the different regions of Mexico. This performance spectacular is anchored by a Gala concert at the historic Teatro Juarez in the ancient mining city of Guanajuato. In addition to the Gala, Fiesta Mexicana showcases mariachi and jarocho (the music of the Vera Cruz region) performances at locations around the city and state of Guanajuato. Joining Vikki Carr at the Gala and on location are Mexican singing legends Eugenia Leon and Alberto Angel “El Cuervo,” Vera Cruz jarocho group Tlen Huicani and the world-famous LA-based mariachi group Los Camperos de Nati Cano. Joining all these artists on stage at the Teatro Juarez in Guanajuato is the Orquesta Sinfonico of the University of Guanajuato, one of Mexico’s leading regional orchestras, and the full company of the Ballet Folklorico of the University of Guanajuato, fresh from their triumphant 2007 European tour. Directed by Leo Eaton. A co-production of Eaton Creative, Habanero Films & Donn Rogosin Productions. Airing on PBS Summer 2008.

Natalie MacMaster, Bringing it Home

A 90-minute special where Natalie MacMaster, superstar Canadian fiddler, brings her unique blend of dance and Celtic fiddle back to her hometown in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. With special guests banjoist Bela Fleck, Hayley Westenra (from Celtic Women) and fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy, Natalie rocks an audience of more than 5000 ‘home town’ supporters as well as taking time to play (with Hayley and Bela) for a dance party in the small church hall where she played as a child. Leo Eaton produced for WLIW (New York).

Tango, The Spirit of Argentina

75-minute performance special about Argentinean tango. First aired nationally on PBS in March, 2005 (Check local listings). Featuring Pilar Alvarez, Claudio Hoffman, Tango Metropolis Dance Company, Rubén Juárez, Maria Graña, Guillermo Fernandez & the Esquina Carlos Gardel Company. Produced by Eaton Creative & Habanero Films for WLIW.

Mariachi, The Spirit of Mexico

75-minute performance special celebrating Mexican mariachi music, hosted by Plácido Domingo and featuring Mariachi Vargas, Los Camperos de Nati Cano & Mariachi América. Filmed in HD on location in Guadalajara and across the Mexican province of Jalisco. Produced by Eaton Creative for WLIW & PBS.