Dance, Dance, Dance
Sky Arts presents the best of British dance in a new 3D film sensation
Sky Arts production for Sky 3D Channel
Saturday 2 October 2010 at 9pm
Today, Sky Arts celebrates the UK’s most exciting choreographers and dancers with six stunning new dance commissions, filmed in 3D for the launch of the new Sky 3D channel.
The UK’s dance industry has exploded in recent years; from the success of Billy Elliot, to the triumphs of the dance group Diversity, public interest has skyrocketed. This renewed interest in dance has resulted in a wave of innovative dance styles that allows companies like English National Ballet, which is sponsored by Sky Arts, to innovate and create new dance forms. Innovation is at the heart of Sky’s 3D channel which will give audiences the opportunity to experience dance with a level of vividness and clarity never before seen on screen.
Dance Dance Dance was originally inspired by Big Dance, a celebration of the renewed popularity of dance across the UK. For Big Dance English National Ballet curated an explosion of dance across West London, the best of which is featured in Dance Dance Dance.
Filming for Dance Dance Dance has been taking place around London in settings such as the fountains of Somerset House and St Pancras Station. The six specially commissioned dances will feature Bollywood, classical ballet and swing, to give a flavour of the variety of styles that represent the best talent at work in the UK dance industry today.
The film is presented by the celebrated choreographer Arlene Philips and includes interviews with senior choreographers and dancers who give an insight into their passion for dance, the challenges of fusing classical forms with modern interpretations to reinvent the genres for 3D. The stunning dances features works by famous choreographers including English National Ballet’s Artistic Director Wayne Eagling, Shobana Jeyasingh and Ashu Oberoi.
James Hunt, head of programming at Sky Arts: “This superb film showcases the very best choreographers, directors and dancers at work in the dance industry today. The diverse styles and settings, and the breadth of talent involved is staggering and will delight both dance enthusiasts and the simply curious.”
‘Dance performances lend themselves quite spectacularly to 3D,’ comments John Cassy, director of Sky Arts and head of Sky’s 3D content strategy. ‘The scale and enormity of some of these pieces come to life in a way that’s never been done before on UK screens, and demonstrates the wealth of 3D potential there is in arts programming.’
A new, modern prelude to Giselle, which is set to a section of music by Rachmaninoff and uses 10 male dancers in contrast to the ballet which was written primarily for female roles. Eagling discusses this work in detail, describing why he decided to add this section and why classic works like Giselle require constant re-interpretation.
English National Ballet – Black Swan pas de deux.
This Black Swan pas de deux is a key moment in Swan Lake and features the emerging new Russian star, Vadim Muntagirov, and prima ballerina Daria Klimentová. Wayne Eagling discusses the timeless appeal of Swan Lake and the challenges inherent in reinventing a classical work in a modern context.
Sapnay Dance – Bollywood Dance
A specially choreographed works by Ashu Oberoi place steps from the restrained 1960s in juxtaposition with the more dynamic and westernised style of today. The dance is set to the song Jai Ho, made famous by the film Slumdog Millionaire and shot in King’s Cross St Pancras. In an interview with Ashu she explains the reasons behind the growth in Bollywood in the West and recalls her decision to become a dancer.
20 female dancers perform to original music by Cassiel in a water inspired piece that takes place in the fountains of Somerset House. Shobana talks about the varied influences on her choreography and explains why the integration of dance and place is so important to her.
London Swing Society – Lindy Hop
The Lindy Hop got its unlikely name when Charles Lindbergh made the first Atlantic flight in 1927 and literally ‘hopped’ across the ocean. In the dance clubs of Harlem they celebrated his achievement with a wild new dance that blended the Charleston, Jazz, tap, and breakaway dance.
Combination Dance – Ghost Tracks
‘Ghost Tracks’ performed by Combination is a site specific piece created for St.Pancras station – inspired by the idea of a meetings and departures, as illustrated by the sculpture The Meeting Place by sculptor Paul Day. The piece, choreographed by Anne Marie Smalldon evokes the romanticism of travel, with the back drop of Eurostar trains and passenger arrivals which accentuates the power of the piece.