AIRDATE: Sunday 13 December 2015 at 9.00pm on BBC Four
Episode 1 of 1 | Duration: 90 minutes
Dance Rebels: A Story Of Modern Dance explores this dynamic art form through the thoughts of leading practitioners, important historical archive and the first-hand experiences of student dancers as they encounter key works for the first time.
The film will bring to a wider audience an understanding of what Modern Dance is: When did it start? Who were the leading figures? What were some of the moments that defined it?
To help address the question of what Modern Dance is, the film goes on a journey with the students of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, one of Europe’s leading centres for the training of professional contemporary dance artists. We will watch, step by step, as they encounter the ground-breaking techniques that have shaped Modern Dance, and follow the process as they come to perform and understand the ideas of the choreographers whose work has challenged audiences, made history and revolutionised dance.
With contributions from some of the biggest names in modern dance including Michael Clark, William Forsythe, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Wayne Mc Gregor, Akram Khan, Boris Charmatz and Lea Anderson, the leading stars in contemporary dance tell us about the iconic works from the history of modern dance that inspired them. They also explore how the works and ideas of these choreographers came to inform their own groundbreaking dance works.
Producer and Director: Bernadette O’Brien
Executive Producers: Paul Bullock and Kate Townsend