The BBC and Sadler’s Wells are creating four 30-minute artist-led films for broadcast on BBC Four this April as part of their dance season. Each film introduces audiences to a different dance artist from diverse backgrounds and styles, taking you behind the scenes to observe them at different points in their career as they create new work or prepare for a new show. Including extended sequences of performance, each film offers viewers a unique insight into the world of dance in Britain today.
The film focussing on Shobana reveals the research and creative process for her new work Contagion, which evokes the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic that killed over 50 million people.
The other three films feature acclaimed former Royal Ballet Principal, 44-year-old Zenaida Yanowsky, as she plans to overcome knee surgery and fight her body back to fitness to perform one of ballet’s best-known solos, The Dying Swan, marking one of her last public performances. Transitioning from his street dance roots to contemporary dance, Dickson Mbi prepares to choreograph and perform his first contemporary dance solo for an evening curated by Akram Khan Company. Audacious and funny, Leeds-based Carlos Pons Guerra’s darkly humorous, highly theatrical and physical work often explores questions of gender and sexual identity. Now for the first time, he choreographs a new children’s production for Birmingham Rep, which tells the true story of two male penguins raising a baby penguin.
Broadcast date to be announced.