Imagine, BBC One’s flagship arts documentary strand presented by Alan Yentob, will feature several programmes connected to events within the London 2012 festival.
Theatre Of War
Imagine captures the moment when two distinct worlds came together to perform a ground-breaking West End play that shocked, entertained and inspired the audience.
The Two Worlds Of Charlie F saw professional front line soldiers, many of whom have sustained injury, from amputation to PTSD, collaborate with a professional theatre company to help write, rehearse and perform a play based on their experiences of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. What happened when they swapped the theatre of war for the London stage? Imagine follows all aspects of the process, from rehearsal room, to triumphant performance, to tell this extraordinarily moving and powerful story.
Glasgow: The Grit And The Glamour
The last three Turner Prize winners have all hailed from, been educated or based in Glasgow, and just under a third of all Turner Prize nominees have studied at Glasgow School of Art. Imagine explores the extraordinary story of a generation of artists who have placed Glasgow firmly on the international art map.
Amongst the artists Imagine encounters are 2011 Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce, as well as previous winners Douglas Gordon, Simon Starling and Richard Wright, to tell the story of a city now as famed for its contemporary art as it was for its shipbuilding.
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Dancing With Titian
Three of Titian’s greatest mythological paintings are the inspiration for a collaborative programme of events uniting some of Britain’s leading artists, choreographers, composers, poets, dancers and musicians to create new work in homage to the great Renaissance master.
Imagine will see the creation of three new ballets as part of a celebration of the work of Titian at the National Gallery and Royal Opera House, as well as hear poems written in response to Titian’s paintings of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. They will be speaking to Wayne MacGregor, Mark Wallinger, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Jonathan Dove and Carol Ann Duffy, as well featuring a guest appearance from Carlos Acosta dancing alongside the stars of the Royal Ballet.