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Dance On Screen20181222

Katie Derham explores dance on film, from Fred and Ginger's elegance to the lycra of 1980s dance movies. And coming right up to the present, Katie talks to Mandy Moore, award-winning choreographer of La La Land. They'll discuss the art of choreographing for the big screen, how it differs to the stage.

Katie Derham talks to choreographer Mandy Moore

Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres

David Bintley20190406

In the first of a new series of the programme, Katie Derham meets David Bintley whose remarkable time as Artistic Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet comes to an end this summer after 24 years. Katie looks back on David's time with BRB and features music from his distinctive body of work for the company, such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Hobson's Choice, 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café, and Edward II.
The programme also grabs an overview of Birmingham's thriving rich and varied dance culture, as featured in the BBC's recent "Dance Passion" week.

Katie Derham talks to choreographer David Bintley.

Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres.

David Bintley's Birmingham20190406

In the first of a new series of the programme, Katie Derham meets David Bintley whose remarkable time as Artistic Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet comes to an end this summer after 24 years. Katie looks back on David's time with BRB and features music from his distinctive body of work for the company, such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Still Life at the Penguin Café, Far From The Madding Crowd, and Edward II.
The programme also grabs an overview of Birmingham's thriving rich and varied dance culture, as featured in the BBC's recent "Dance Passion" week.

Katie Derham talks to choreographer David Bintley

Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres.

Flamenco20181208

Katie Derham delves into the world of Flamenco with dancer Samantha Quy and guitarist Tito Heredia. A dance form associated with the Andalusian Roma gypsies of Southern Spain, the dance, song and guitar all have equal importance. Katie will explore the history, and her guests will talk about the intricate timing systems, demonstrate how they follow each other, and explain how flamenco can become a way of life for its performers.

Katie Derham delves into the world of Flamenco with Samantha Quy and Tito Heredia.

Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres

Jerome Robbins20181215

Katie Derham delves into the work of the iconic choreographer Jerome Robbins in his centenary year. Best known as creator, choreographer, and co-director of West Side Story, Robbins' career spanned success not only in film and on Broadway, but importantly at the heart of the New York City Ballet where, as Associate Director, he worked closely with George Balanchine. Katie is joined by Robert Fairchild, former New York City Ballet Principal, to explore Robbins' unique way of telling stories through movement.

Katie Derham delves into the choreography of Jerome Robbins in his centenary year.

Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres

Matthew Bourne20181201

Katie Derham talks to choreographer Matthew Bourne. As his iconic production of Swan Lake returns to the stage, they'll discuss why he reinvented it for a corps-de-ballet of male swans, and how it has inspired a generation of boy dancers. A relatively late-starter in the ballet world, Matthew Bourne quickly became well-known for his individualistic approach to the classics. He'll talk about the music that inspires him, and the importance of story-telling in a new production.

Award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne discusses how he reinvents classic ballets.

Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres

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02English Folk Dance20190413

Katie Derham explores English Folk Dance with professional folk dancer Kerry Fletcher and folk musician Chris Walshaw. From morris and sword dancing to the lively social side encompassing ceilidh, barn and country dancing. Katie and guests will look at the history and development of folk dance, and demonstrate how dancers and musicians work together.

Producer - Ellie Mant

Katie Derham presents, with folk dancer Kerry Fletcher and musician Chris Walshaw.

Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres.

03Benoit Swan Pouffer20190420

Katie Derham talks to the new artistic director at Rambert, Benoit Swan Pouffer. From his days at the critically acclaimed Cedar Lake company in New York, Pouffer was known for championing new and innovative choreographers and his collaborations. Now at Rambert, Benoit Swan will discuss his approach to contemporary dance, and his plans for the company.

Producer - Ellie Mant

Katie Derham talks to the new artistic director at Rambert, Benoit Swan Pouffer.

Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres.

04Building A Ballet20190427

Katie Derham explores the process of creating a brand new ballet, from commissioning the music and the initial concept, through rehearsals, to the final performance. In February the Linbury Theatre re-opened with Blue Moon - a new ballet for seven female dancers, choreographed by Aletta Collins to a new score by David Sawer. Katie talks to them, along with principal dancers Beatriz Stix-Brunell and Hannah Grennell at all stages of the process about how the whole production comes together.

Producer - Ellie Mant

Katie Derham explores the process of creating a brand new ballet.

Katie Derham explores the relationship between music and dance in a variety of genres.