A seven-week celebration of UK dance in collaboration with One Dance UK
World premiere of Corey Baker’s new film Dance Race [W/T]
Performances by thirty-two companies, recorded in ‘dance hubs’ across the country;
Exclusive first screening of excerpts from Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote from Birmingham Royal Ballet;
Fourteen short films and interactive projects exploring innovative ways to capture dance on film and online;
Josie d’Arby and Karim Zeroual present five hour-long programmes of dance as a boxset on BBC iPlayer, and special highlights on BBC Four
From Friday 11 February on BBC Four, iPlayer, BBC Arts and BBC Taster
Throughout February and March 2022, BBC Arts and One Dance UK present Dance Passion, a landmark celebration of the world-class dance that happens across the UK. Now in its second edition, Dance Passion shines a light on the country’s unique creativity and innovative approach to choreography and performance.
Suzy Klein BBC Head of Arts and Classical Music TV, said: “Now, more than ever, we need things to celebrate and there’s nothing more joyful and life–affirming than our new, year-long dance showcase. Starting this Spring, we are shining a light on the astonishing wealth of dance talent across the UK, with audiences at home invited to experience the world-class creativity coming out of all four home nations. I really hope that whether it’s watching the highlights on TV, catching up with a box set on iPlayer, or taking the lead in shaping the story of one of our interactive projects, viewers will feel inspired and energised, while taking in all the incredible artistry on display as part of Dance Passion.”
Dance Passion kicks off on Friday 11 February on BBC Arts , with the world premiere of Dance Race [W/T], a specially commissioned film by trailblazing New Zealand-born/Birmingham-based choreographer Corey Baker. Dance Race [W/T] comes hot on the heels of Baker's multi award-winning global viral sensation Swan Lake Bath Ballet, filmed in locked-down ballet dancers bathrooms around the world, and the COP26-inspired Blown, where he imagined renewable energy as movement at Scotland’s wind farms.
For Dance Passion, Baker has created an all-action race to the finish, filmed around the country with spectacular footage of choreography performed while jumping out of planes, with cars driving on two-wheels, and dance of various genres from ballroom (featuring Strictly pros) to ballet (with dancers from Northern Ballet), plus acrobatics, parkour, BMX, and a nod to Coventry’s history of movement engineering.
Pulling together talent across all four nations to bring the best of UK dance to audiences at home, Dance Passion features performances by 32 companies, as captured at “hubs” across the country: the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds; Sadlers’ Wells in London; Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry – the current UK City of Culture; and Theatre Royal Plymouth’s TR2; as well as filming National Dance Company Wales in Cardiff. The highlights of these performances, presented by Josie d’Arby and Karim Zeroual, are broadcast on BBC Four (Sunday 20 February), followed by five hour-long episodes on BBC iPlayer (weekly from Tuesday 1 March).
Among the companies and choreographers involved, both established and emerging across all genres from ballet to ballroom, contemporary to tap, is Birmingham Royal Ballet presenting an excerpt from their latest new work Don Quixote, Ballet Black, Vidya Patel, The Royal Ballet, Motionhouse, Rambert 2, Tap Attack, Akram Khan, Scottish Ballet, Candoco Dance Company, National Dance Company Wales, and Simple Cypher - to name just a few.
Dance Passion also includes 14 BBC Arts and One Dance UK co-commissioned short films, including five interactive experiences which have been made using innovative technology from BBC Research & Development. These films give insight into the creative process from choreographers; the interactive experiences enable viewers to decide the course of a story, or to focus on specific content presented in the work. These films and experiences are the result of an open call launched in Spring 2021, aimed at UK-based professional and emerging dance companies, independent artists, choreographers, and associated technical partners based in dance education. The Dance Passion short films and interactive projects are funded by BBC Arts and Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants programme.
Created using tools in BBC Connected Studio’s MakerBox, the interactive experiences will be available on BBC Taster, the BBC’s dedicated home for new ideas and technologies. They give viewers new and unique experiences of dance – from exploring the science behind the choreographic process, to time travel, a dance murder mystery and stepping into the world of d/Deaf and partially hearing dancers. The short films will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer, and explore themes such as dance as an intergenerational language uniting people in the efforts to tackle climate change; choreography as a way of expression in disability; and the relationship between performance space and digital dimension.
Throughout the celebration, BBC Arts and One Dance UK websites and social media channels will present exclusive previews and clips from the series, as well as other examples of excellence from across the dance sector.
Follow the hashtag #DancePassion on social media to see more exclusive content, share your dance stories, discover training and upskilling available and find out other ways you can get involved.
Dance Passion in detail:
Dance Passion Highlights: BBC Four, Sunday 20 February 2022 at 8pm
Presented by Josie d’Arby and Karim Zeroual
Celtic Feet – Heartbeat (filmed in Coventry)
Phoenix Dance – Heart of Chaos (filmed in Leeds)
Ballet Black -Extract from Washa (filmed in London)
Simple Cypher - Roll Up Roll Up (filmed in Plymouth)
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Don Quixote (filmed in Coventry)
National Dance Company Wales – Ludo (filmed in Cardiff)
Leeds - Northern School of Contemporary Dance: BBC iPlayer, from 01/03
Presented by Karim Zeroual
Vale – Shine On You
Phoenix Dance - Heart of Chaos
Balbir Singh-The Wise Ones
Akram Khan (rehearsal with NSCD students) - Jungle Book Reimagined
RJC and DAZL – LS Unity
Simple Cypher – Roll Up Roll Up (filmed in Plymouth)
Northern Ballet – I Am Merlin (film)
London – Sadlers’ Wells (BBC iPlayer, from 08/03)
Presented by Josie d’Arby
Vidya Patel – Birthright
Ballet Black - Washa
The Royal Ballet - Traces
Patience J – Colours
Coventry – Warwick Arts Centre: BBC iPlayer, from 15/03
Presented by Josie d’Arby & Karim Zeroual
Ascension – Resilient
Ace Dance and Music -Mana
Celtic Feet – Heartbeat
Nupur Arts - Taste of Bollywood
Koncept - Blackpink’s “How you like that”
Birmingham Royal Ballet -Don Quixote
Plymouth – Theatre Royal Plymouth’s TR2: BBC iPlayer, from 22/03
Presented by Josie d’Arby
Rambert 2 – Home (filmed in London)
Street Factory Studios: - Toby G and Max Revel – The Inner Dance
Adam Benjamin - Dancer’s Forest
Zoielogic’s Fuzzylogic - Judged
James Wilton Dance - Four Seasons
Tap Attack - Red Riding Hood
English National Ballet – Raymonda (film)
Coventry – Warwick Arts Centre: BBC iPlayer, from 29/03
Presented by Josie d’Arby & Karim Zeroual
Motionhouse – Nobody
National Dance Company Wales - Ludo
Candoco – rehearsal of Last Shelter
House of Ghetto Voguing
House of Suarez Voguing
Scottish Ballet – Starstruck (film)
Northern Ballet – Together we fall (film)
Short Films: Available on BBC Arts from 11th February.
As part of the five Dance Passion episodes on iPlayer, and also on BBC Arts social media channels.
Surge – Make Me Feel - Tom Dale Company
Neon Romance - Laura Kriefman, Barbican Theatre
Heart Land - Richard Chappell Dance
A Decade Later - Prototype and Brooke Milliner
Freedom - Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance
28:1 - Constant Vigier
Ein Mor Ein Bae Ein Bai / Our Time Our Bay Our Fault - Light, Ladd, Emberton
Flight - Jennifer Rooney and Ciaran Haggerty – was premiered on BBC One Northern Ireland on 08/02
Interactive Projects available on BBC Taster from:
17/02: Dive Into Dance - Antoine Marc with Milk It! Studio (using BBC Notes )
24/02: Noise - Neus Gil Cortés - Nua Dance (using StoryFormer)
03/03: Laying The Ground - Namron OBE and Yassmin V. Foster (Using StoryFormer)
10/03: Beneath Still Waters - Ruth Brill and Matthew Wyon (Using StoryFormer)
17/03: Out Late - VOXED (Using StoryFormer)
Details of all the Dance Passion commissions (both films and interactive projects) can be found here: https://www.onedanceuk.org/dancepassion2022/
NOTES TO EDITORS
About BBC Arts
BBC Arts is the home of creative inspiration and a place to broaden your horizons. We make programmes that celebrate the things our audiences love - from books, visual art, photography, film and gaming to dance, design, theatre, fashion and architecture - showcasing the very best in culture.
The UK’s creative home: we are the UK’s most ambitious creators of original arts programmes because we believe in the transformational power of creativity. As the leading force in cultural programme-making since 1922, our archive is the envy of the world.
Supporting homegrown talent: BBC Arts champions the best filmmakers to bring audiences the next generation of premium series and singles about arts and culture with all the complexity, challenge and depth that only the BBC can bring. We invite some of the UK’s leading artists and experts onto the screen to share their knowledge and passion. At the same time, we are passionate about supporting new and emerging talent in front of, and behind, the camera, leading the way in telling diverse stories that reflect the richness of Britain today.
Deepening our commitment: We have doubled our investment in Arts on BBC Two to bring audiences even more thought-provoking, world-class documentaries, box sets and series. On BBC Four, we present the very best performances from across the country, ranging from classical music to ballet to theatre to opera, as well as screening some of the treasures from our rich archive.
Broadening our range: We’ve listened to what audiences want and are expanding and enriching the programmes we make – widening our scope across multiple artforms and genres, but infusing everything we make with the high quality and depth, passion and joy that have always defined BBC Arts.
About One Dance UK
One Dance UK is a sector support organisation dedicated to the pursuit of a stronger, more vibrant and diverse dance sector well-equipped to secure dance’s prominence in the cultural landscape of the future. One Dance UK provides a voice for the dance sector and is dedicated to:
Supporting all those working in the sector and to achieving excellence in dance performance, education and management
Advocating for the increased profile and importance of dance in all its diverse forms and settings
Enhancing dancers’ health, wellbeing and performance
Identifying gaps, providing opportunities and improving conditions for dance to be learnt, discussed and seen
One Dance UK provides services, information and opportunities for:
All dance professionals including:
o Dance artists and choreographers
o Dance teachers, educators and practitioners
o Dance managers and producers
o Dance medicine and science/research professionals
All children and young people