Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
In a unique collaboration with the Balletboyz, BBC Three broadcasts a powerful new version of Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring, commissioned as part of December programming on the BBC, marking the 100th anniversary of the Ballets Russes.
In a film combining documentary and performance, the Balletboyz, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, hand-pick the most exciting talent from a dynamic mix of professional and amateur dancers, all drawn from radically different modern-dance styles, including the tango, street, contemporary and even pole dancing. Following a brief selection process, the boys put together a unique company for this radical interpretation of Stravinsky's classic.
The film traces the history of Stravinsky's seminal work, which famously provoked riots in Paris at its première in 1913. Presented by the Balletboyz, the film culminates in a version of the work and offers an insight into the entire creative process. It features interviews with the choreographers Paul Roberts and Freddie Opoku-Addaie and the dancers themselves, in addition to behind-the-scenes footage following the development of the project – from the selection process through to the intensive rehearsal period and the final performance.
Four dance acts have made it through to tonight's live studio final, hosted by Reggie Yates. Judges Jermaine Jackson, Jamelia and Mark Summers are, once again, on hand to give their expert views.
However, in this battle of the dancers, it's up to the viewers to vote for the dance act they think deserves to win. At stake is the chance to perform at the official Michael Jackson tribute concert in 2010.
Move Like Michael Jackson, the unique contest in which dancers vied for the amazing opportunity to perform with the world's superstars at the Michael Jackson official tribute concert in 2010, concludes with a showcase of the best and most entertaining moments of the series.
In addition, there is plenty of previously unseen footage of dancers guaranteed to impress – or possibly appal – as the UK comes together on the dance floor to celebrate possibly one of the greatest performers in the history of pop music.
Transmission details will be posted after final schedules for BBC Weeks 51 and 52 are confirmed.
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