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2 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 20 August 2010

Claudia hosts a dance special, featuring leading choreographer Arlene Phillips in a special interview about her career. Arlene has become a household name on TV shows So You Think You Can Dance and Dance X; the show she created with Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli.

Plus, there's premier dancers from the Northern Ballet; Hannah Bateman and Kenneth Tindall. The Northern Ballet is performing Dangerous Liaisons in Leeds next month, then touring the UK with Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Next February it has the world premiere of its brand new ballet Cleopatra - a ballet that's never been done before.

And Claudia talks to Liam Steel - one of Britain's leading practitioners of dance-based physical theatre. Liam has directed, choreographed and performed with companies such as Complicite and The Volcano Theatre Company, and for eight years he was a core member of the award-winning DV8 Physical Theatre. Last year Liam choreographed a live staging of Ben Hur at London's O2 Arena which featured 46 horses, 20 lorry loads of sand and 140 doves. Liam is currently the movement director for The Open Air Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods which is being staged in London's Regents Park. Claudia will be finding out from Liam how he goes about taking a story and interpreting it through physical performance and what names everyone should be looking out for among the next generation of dancers.

Also, featuring the best of UK street dance, from the gymnastic prowess and jaw-dropping moves of young Britain's Got Talent winners Spelbound and Diversity via a 'crew' on their way to the World Street Dance Championships in Blackpool - we get to the bottom of why dance has become the winning formula for reality TV show viewers countrywide.

Music Played

13 items
  • Image for Chic

    Chic Everybody Dance

    The Last Days Of Disco (Film Soundtra, Columbia

  • Image for Sarah Brightman

    Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper

    Fantastic 70's (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Duran Duran

    Duran Duran Rio

    Duran Duran - Greatest, EMI

  • From the CD 'Breakfast On The Morning Tram' on Blue Note records

  • Image for Barenaked Ladies and Erin McCarley

    Barenaked Ladies and Erin McCarley Every Subway Car

    All In Good Time

  • Image for Irene Cara

    Irene Cara Flashdance (What A Feeling)

    Flashdance, Casablanca

  • Image for Seal

    Seal Secret

    (CD Single), Reprise, 1

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing

    Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits, Polydor

  • Image for Athlete

    Athlete Black Swan Song

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Thea Gilmore

    Thea Gilmore You're The Radio

    (CD Single), Fullfill Records, 1

  • From the CD 'Into The Woods' on RCA

    • Image for Original New York Cast

      Original New York Cast I Know Things Now - Little Red Riding Hood

  • From the CD 'The Magic Flute' on EMI Classics

  • Image for Scott Walker

    Scott Walker Jackie

    The Collection: 1967-1970, Universal

  • Arlene Phillips

    Having trained as a dancer from an early age, Manchester born Arlene Phillips first came to prominence as the choreographer of the raunchy Hot Gossip troupe featured on The Kenny Everett Show.

    Since those early years Arlene has become a world-renowned Director and Choreographer with her work seen widely on stage, feature film, concert arenas, television, music videos and commercials.

    For more information on Arlene and her forthcoming projects click on the following link.

    Arlene Phillips
  • Hannah Bateman & Kenneth Tindall

    For more information on dancers Hannah Bateman and Kenneth Tindall, and the forthcoming autumn season from Northern Ballet Theatre, click on the following link.

    Northern Ballet Theatre
  • Into The Woods

    2010 marks Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday and this production of his musical Into the Woods at London’s Regents Park Open Air Theatre, is co-directed by movement director Liam Steel.

    Inspired by Bruno Bettelheim's 1976 book, The Uses of Enchantment, the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family.

    For more information on the Regents Park production click on the following link.

    Into The Woods - Regents Park Open Air Theatre


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