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The Royal Ballet Celebrates Kenneth MacMillan

Episode 1: Concerto and Elite Syncopations

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Celebrating the work of choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Concerto is danced to the music of Shostakovich, while Elite Syncopations uses ragtime. Show more

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The Royal Ballet perform the Judas Tree, set on a building site in Canary Wharf and Kenneth MacMillan's last work before his untimely death of a heart attack in 1992. Show more

Performance Live

Flood: To the Sea

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Set in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event which sees England engulfed by water, this play asks what if the fleeing masses from our TV screens had English accents? Show more

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Katie Derham introduces a spectacular selection of highlights from an incredible past decade of performances at the Royal Ballet, including The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Katie Derham
Producer:
Peter Jones
Executive Producer:
Tony Followell

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Matthew Bourne reimagines Tchaikovsky's ballet of the timeless fairy tale. The story of a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years is turned into a gothic tale for all ages. Show more

Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Dance adaptation of the novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Choreographer Carlos Acosta brings to life the adventures of the bumbling knight Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza. Show more

Contributors

Choreographer:
Carlos Acosta
Music Arranger:
Martin Yates
Orchestrator:
Martin Yates
Conductor:
Martin Yates
Lighting:
Hugh Vanstone
Set Designer:
Tim Hatley
Sancho Panza:
Philip Mosley
Lorenzo:
Gary Avis
Mercedes:
Laura Morera
Kitri's Friend:
Beatriz Stix-Brunell
Kitri's Friend:
Yuhui Choe
Gypsy Woman:
Itziar Mendizabal
The Queen of the Dryads:
Melissa Hamilton
Fandango Man:
Thomas Whitehead
Fandango Woman:
Itziar Mendizabal
Tavern Girl:
Kristen McNally

Duration: 2 hours, 16 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 3 months

The Royal Ballet perform Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, choreographed by Liam Scarlett and starring Marianela Núñez as Odette/Odile and Vadim Muntagirov as Prince Siegfried. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Darcey Bussell
Presenter:
Ore Oduba
Odette/Odile:
Marianela Núñez
Prince Siegfried:
Vadim Muntagirov
Choreographer:
Liam Scarlett
Production Designer:
John Macfarlane
Executive Producer:
Tony Followell
Producer:
Peter Jones

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Former ballerina Darcey Bussell celebrates male ballet, with archive footage, backstage access, visits to rehearsal studios and interviews with some of the great male dancers. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Darcey Bussell
Participant:
Irek Mukhamedov
Participant:
Anthony Dowell
Participant:
Nikolaj Hubbe
Participant:
Peter Schaufuss
Participant:
Luke Schaufuss
Participant:
Arthur Mitchell
Participant:
Carlos Acosta
Participant:
Wayne McGregor
Participant:
Matthew Bourne
Participant:
Stephen Daldry
Participant:
Edward Watson
Participant:
Eric Underwood
Participant:
Julie Kavanagh
Participant:
Clement Crisp
Participant:
Joan Acocella
Participant:
Judith Mackrell
Director:
Mike Christie
Executive Producer:
Fiona Morris
Production Company:
Leopard Films

Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The heartrending, classic coming-of-age story of the relationship between a boy and a wild bird of prey, powerfully retold through the medium of dance. Show more

Contributors

Mr Farthing:
Dom Czapski
Choreographer:
Jonathan Watkins
Executive Producer:
Emma Cahusac
Executive Producer:
Helen Spencer

Duration: 1 hour, 54 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

A thrilling, evocative and modern love story told in dance. Set in London during World War II, this interpretation of the classic fairy tale has a wartime romance at its heart. Show more

Contributors

Performer:
New Adventures
Producer:
Lucie Conrad
Choreographer:
Matthew Bourne
Production Company:
Illuminations

Duration: 1 hour, 54 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Wife, mother, lover, empress. The extraordinary story of Queen Victoria, brought to life by Northern Ballet and choreographed by Cathy Marston. Show more

Contributors

Older Princess Beatrice:
Pippa Moore
Younger Princess Beatrice:
Miki Akuta
Choreographer:
Cathy Marston
Composer:
Philip Feeney
Set Designer:
Steffen Aarfing
Lighting Director:
Alastair West
Adaptor:
Uzma Hameed

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary. Darcey Bussell traces the evolution of the ballerina, discovering the challenges her predecessors encountered, and revealing what it takes to become one of the greats. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Darcey Bussell
Executive Producer:
Fiona Morris

Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 7 months

Award-winning romantic musical set in postwar Paris, featuring classic Gershwin songs, directed and choreographed by the Royal Ballet's Christopher Wheeldon. Show more

Contributors

Jerry Mulligan:
Robert Fairchild
Lise Dassin:
Leanne Cope
Henri Baurel:
Haydn Oakley
Milo Davenport:
Zoe Rainey
Adam Hochberg:
David Seadon-Young
Madame Baurel:
Jane Asher
Company:
Sarah Bakker
Company:
James Barton
Company:
Alicia Beck
Company:
Katie Deacon
Company:
Alyn Hawke
Company:
Amy Hollins
Company:
Robin Kent
Company:
Pippa Raine
Company:
Aaron Smyth
Company:
Todd Talbot
Company:
Max Westwell
Company:
Jack Wilcox
Company:
Liam Wrate
Choreographer:
Christopher Wheeldon
Producer:
Stuart Oken
Producer:
Austin Shaw
Executive Producer:
Tim Smith
Executive Producer:
James Swarbrick
Executive Producer:
Phil Hunt
Executive Producer:
Compton Ross
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Feuer
Executive Producer:
James Scott
Executive Producer:
Bonnie Cromley
Executive Producer:
Stewart F. Lane
Music Arranger:
Rob Fisher
Music Supervisor:
Rob Fisher
Set Designer:
Bob Crowley
Costume designer:
Bob Crowley
Sound Designer:
Jon Weston
Music Supervisor:
Todd Ellison
Orchestrator:
Christopher Austin
Orchestrator:
Bill Elliot
Music Director:
John Rigby
Archive Source:
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Duration: 1 hour, 36 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 6 months

Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of the legendary film has won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences across the UK and the USA. A recording of the stage performance made at Sadler’s Wells. Show more

Contributors

Choreographer:
Matthew Bourne
Producer:
Lucie Conrad
Production Company:
Illuminations

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Critically acclaimed charity Streetwise Opera and world-renowned ensemble The Sixteen present a bold and contemporary retelling of the last days of Jesus's life. Show more

Contributors

Production Company:
The Space
Executive Producer:
Helen Spencer
Performer:
The Sixteen

Duration: 1 hour, 47 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 5 months

Journey through the afterlife in Wayne McGregor’s ballet The Dante Project from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Show more