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BBC launches Year of Song and Dance programming

2015 will see a year-long celebration of the arts with new documentaries and live streamed performances.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

15 January 2015 at 4.36pm | 4 Comments

The BBC has launched The Year of Song and Dance 2015, a year-long celebration to include new documentaries and live streamed performances.

In May, Former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell will appear in BBC Young Dancer, a new competition scouring the country to find the dance stars of tomorrow, similar in format to the BBC’s successful and long-running BBC Young Musician competition. Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor will sit on the judging panel, while Guest Principal Carlos Acosta is the competition’s ambassador. The final will be broadcast live on BBC Two from Sadler’s Wells.

A Classical Voice season will begin in June with BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 3 exploring classical music’s leading voices and offering unique insights into the careers of contemporary greats.

The history of dance will be explored on BBC Four. ‘The King who Invented Ballet’ will follows artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, David Bintley as he traces the birth of the classical dance from the court of King Louis XIV of France.

Other highlights include a feature on BalletBoyz - the ground breaking dance company founded by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt - and a documentary promising to uncover the true drama behind Verdi’s opera La traviata.

The BBC and the Royal Opera House are broadcast partners.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

15 January 2015 at 4.36pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged ballet boyz, BBC, BBC Four, BBC Radio 3, BBC Two, BBC Young Dancer, broadcast, Carlos Acosta, Darcey Bussell, documentary, history, TV, Wayne McGregor

This article has 4 comments

  1. Marilyn weston responded on 15 January 2015 at 6:25pm Reply

    Sounds really interesting
    Cant wait to see the programme

  2. Jennifer Glasspool responded on 16 January 2015 at 2:35pm Reply

    Very exciting news. Can`t wait!

  3. Cathy responded on 22 January 2015 at 4:41pm Reply

    I attended one of your "Ballet Evolved" series, a few months ago, I think it was called History of Ballet, about changes in class and technic with Sambe/Kaneko/Naghdi. When will it be on YouTube please? It was so interesting to see all those changes!

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