Part One: Breakin’ Convention and Matthew Bourne’s classic, Spitfire
In this, the first of three Dancing Nation programmes, BBC Arts and Sadler’s Wells present a festival of dance featuring:
Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures – Spitfire. Before his legendary Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and Cinderella, Matthew Bourne created his first hit, Spitfire (1988). This hilarious work places the most famous nineteenth-century ballet showstopper Pas De Quatre in the world of men’s underwear advertising.
Candoco Dance Company, choreographed by Yasmeen Godder. A sensual and disturbing ode to intimacy and imagination, expressed through striking images interwoven with daring and uninhibited dance.
Window Shopping, a brand new work from hip-hop dance powerhouse Breakin’ Convention, led by their Artistic Director Jonzi D. Starting from the outside looking in, popping, voguing, flamenco and ballet dancers welcome you into Sadler’s Wells.
A new piece, Orbis, by break-through dance company HUMANHOOD. This visually astonishing duet explores the relationship between humankind and the dark side of Earth’s permanent natural satellite, the Moon.
And Hollow, a duet from English National Ballet performed by Emily Suzuki and Victor Prigent. In Stina Quagebeur’s contemporary duet, a couple contend with depression, and the confusion and displacement it causes between them. With fluid, continuous movement, their bodies intertwine, change direction and come into conflict.
Dancing Nation is a three-part celebration of dance featuring many of the UK’s leading dance companies and the most exciting new emerging talent.
Presented by Brenda Emmanus as part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine, this unique festival has been curated in lockdown by Sadler’s Wells, London – one of the world’s leading dance houses.