Here are the highlights divided by channel – dates and times will be added as they become available.
On BBC Four
Revisor – Tiffany Tregarthen © Michael Slobodian
Revisor: Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s intense dance theatre adaptation of Gogol’s 19th-century farce, The Inspector General, filmed at Sadler’s Wells earlier this year. See Culture Whisper’s four-star review here.
Dracula: Northern Ballet's thrilling adaptation of Bram Stoker's immortal tale, following the irresistible Transylvanian vampire as he sails to Britain. See Culture Whisper's full preview here.
Deluxe: BalletBoyz' latest double bill, a new departure on the company's 20th anniversary year, comes to the BBC following its initial streaming on Facebook. See Culture Whisper's full article here.
Devil in the Feet: Irish dance went from being a peasant pursuit to a veritable global phenomenon, and this 90-minute documentary tells you how. It features stars of today, Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, and stars of the past, such as Gene Kelly, blending archive film with stunning contemporary performances.
Men in Dance: a one-hour close-up look at some of the most exciting young male dancers in The Royal Ballet.
The Royal Ballet, Corybantic Games, dancers Matthew Ball & William Bracewell ©ROH 2018. Photo: Andrej Uspenski
Directed by the award-winning film maker Richard Macer, Men In Dance looks at dancers at different stages of their careers: Royal Ballet School graduates when they hear they’ve earned their first contracts with the company, a young principal judged by many to be the finest dancer of his generation, and a senior principal returning to the stage after a career-threatening injury.
Danceworks: four half-hour documentaries, following the creative process of very different dance-makers: Israel’s Sharon Eyal, a choreographer whose very physical work is inspired by the clubbing scene;
Spain’s bailadora María Pagés, who’s embarked on a fascinating search for new ways to bring traditional flamenco dancing into the 21st century;
Britain’s hugely successful Ballet Black (remember them supporting Stormzy at Glastonbury?), in particular the work of its up-and-coming young choreographer Mthuthuzeli November;
Firedance, following two of Strictly Come Dancing’s most popular professional ballroom dancers, Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer, as they put together the spectacular Latin showcase that gives the documentary its name.
BBC Introducing Arts: Dance: a one-hour collection of dance films by new and emerging film-makers, who use dance to focus on issues such as mental health.
On BBC Two
Yuli, The Carlos Acosta Story: the multi-award winning biopic of Cuba’s superstar dancer, Carlos Acosta, The Royal Ballet’s first black principal.
A BBC Two production directed by Icíar Bollaín, this 115-minute film tells an entrancing story, set against panoramic vistas of Havana and introducing the extraordinary youngster Edison Manuel Olivera Núñez in his acting debut as the child Acosta.
See Culture Whisper’s review here.
On BBC One
'Imagine': Kate Prince, Every Move She Makes: filmed for the BBC’s late-night Imagine stable, this documentary follows the phenomenally successful choreographer Kate Prince, director of the hip-hop troupe ZooNation, as she embarks on her latest project, Message in a Bottle, to music by Sting.
Kate Prince’s Message in a Bottle would go on to play for enthusiastic audiences at the Peacock Theatre in February/March 2020
See Culture Whisper’s review here.
So, despite the lockdown of public venues necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, you can still enjoy dance programmes of the highest quality, courtesy of the BBC.
|What||BBC Dance Season 2020|
|Where||BBC Four | MAP|
01 Apr 20 – 31 Dec 20, Times and durations vary according to programme