For the first time in many years, The Royal Ballet has allowed BBC cameras to roam behind-the-scenes, this time as the Company prepares for Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker. The 90-minute documentary will go out on Christmas Day on BBC Two at 4pm.
The programme follows the debuts of numerous young dancers from the Royal Ballet School – from 11 year-old dancers at White Lodge to senior year students dancing as Snowflakes – as well following the Company’s newest Principal Dancers.
It visits the company over a three-month period leading up to the opening night, listening in on rehearsals and costume fittings, and watching from the wings.
The documentary aims to show the artistry and craftsmanship behind the theatrical magic, revealing not only the dedication of the dancers, but also the extraordinary skillset behind them that makes the Royal one of the world’s most prestigious companies.
Sunday 25 December
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.