The groundbreaking new unscripted drama series Becoming Us (formerly known as "My Transparent Life") centers on a teenager named Ben who is learning to live with his dad becoming a woman. The series will follow Ben, his family and his friends as they support one another through this unexpected journey and navigate their new world with Charlie now living as Carly. The show is a generational story of a loving family and circle of friends supporting one another through this unfamiliar situation.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Becoming Us - Becoming Traviata - Netflix
Becoming Traviata is a 2012 French documentary film chronicling rehearsals of the Verdi opera La traviata at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Directed by Philippe Béziat, the film focuses largely on stage director Jean-François Sivadier working with coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay. The film's French title is Traviata et nous (Traviata and Us).
Becoming Us - Background, production - Netflix
Dessay first performed the role of Violetta at the Santa Fe Opera in 2009, two years before this, her European debut of the part. Some observers felt the role's demands exceeded Dessay's voice and speculated that such challenges may shorten her career. During rehearsals, Dessay uses a technique common among soloists of “marking”, that is, singing the part in less than a full voice. In the film, tenor Charles Castronovo and baritone Ludovic Tézier do the same. In October 2013, Dessay announced she would take a sabbatical from opera at least through 2015, singing only in concert. In the first days of rehearsal, Dessay found the film crew an unwelcome presence, an intruder at an intimate process in which the participants, who don't always know each other, learn to work together. The crew, in turn, worked at a more discreet distance. They shot more than 100 hours of footage, which was edited down to a running time of 1 hour, 52 minutes. Dessay was happy with the results “because it explains what we're doing but it stays mysterious. There's no recipe for what we do.”
Becoming Us - References - Netflix