The BBC and Channel 4 have now released their Christmas schedules. Here are the details of the dance coverage.
Ballet Day on BBC TWO
Deborah Bull, introduces the special celebration of ballet on BBC TWO on Christmas Day. Programmes include:
The Red Shoes
10.45 - 12.55pm
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 classic The Red Shoes is a tragic story of a ballerina torn between love and art. Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale of the same name provides the centrepiece around which a tale of love and betrayal is built within a Ballet Company. Starring Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, and Marius Goring, with Leonide Massine, Robert Helpmann, Albert Basserman, Esmond Knight, and Ludmilla Toberina.
The Royal Ballet in the Nutcracker
1.00 - 2.50pm
The Nutcracker, with its wonderful score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, has become the perfect Christmas holiday ballet. It takes place during a Christmas party where the toy maker Drossellmeyer (Anthony Dowell) comes to entertain the children. He gives Clara (Alina Cojocaru) a Nutcracker doll and she at once falls in love with it. When everyone has gone to bed Clara comes downstairs to find her doll and suddenly gets involved in a great adventure. She saves the Nutcracker Prince (Ivan Putrov) in the battle with the mice, is taken to the Land of Snow and on to the Land of Sweets where she meets the Sugar Plum Fairy (Miyako Yoshida) and her Prince (Jonathan Cope). When she gets home she meets a young man in the street that she recognises. He looks very much like the Nutcracker Prince and turns out to be Drossellmeyer's young nephew. Sir Peter Wright's production for the Royal Ballet is designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman and the orchestra of the Royal Opera House is conducted by Evgenii Svetlanov.
The Royal Ballet in Rudolf Nureyev’s Production of Don Quixote 3.15 - 5.05pm
Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote, which opened Ross Stretton’s first season as director of The Royal Ballet is well known for its pas de deux and on-stage fireworks. In three acts Don Quixote (William Tuckett) and his faithful servant Sancho Panza (Philip Mosley) endeavour to track down the imaginary Dulcinea. Along the way Don Quixote battles with windmills, becomes embroiled with gypsies and gets caught up in the love affair between the beautiful Kitri (Tamara Rojo) and the young barber Basilio (Johan Kobborg) as they escape her father's plans to marry her off to the elderly and eccentric Gamache (Luke Heydon).
Ballet.co's Christmas magazine will include a special feature on the filming of Don Quixote at the Opera House
Christmas dance on Channel 4
The Car Man 9.00 pm 22nd December
Set to Bizet’s Carmen Suite, The Car Man is "An Auto-Erotic Thriller" of adultery, murder, false imprisonment and revenge. This film version of Matthew Bourne’s award-winning stage production oozes sex, lust and passion and is unlike any other dance film you may have seen. The film begins with Luca, a drifter arriving in Harmony, a small mid-western American town, and being employed at the local garage by the owner Dino. Luca soon begins an affair with Dino’s sultry wife, Lana and unbeknownst to Lana, he also seduces the shy Angelo. One evening, Dino discovers his wife with Luca and in the ensuing fight Lana and Luca murder Dino. Lana fakes a robbery and frames Angelo for the Dino’s murder. Luca and Lana enjoy living the high life, spending Dino’s money gambling, drinking and dancing. However, the guilt-stricken Luca starts to have hallucinations of both Angelo and the dead Dino. In prison Angelo routinely gets beaten up and sexually abused by the prison warden, but then manages to escape. The story reaches a highly charged climax as Angelo seeks revenge.
Bourne to Dance 6.40 pm 25th December
BOURNE TO DANCE is a journey through a very specific and eclectic history of male dance presented by British choreographer, MATTHEW BOURNE. Bourne, through his re-working of the classical ballet, Swan Lake, has redefined the role of the male dancer and made him a major force again. In this film he looks at the male dancer from Nijinsky to ADAM COOPER. The film also explores the influences that have fed into Bourne's own works and brings together such diverse performers as Rudolph Nureyev, MARK MORRIS, Fred Astaire, and the Olympic ice-skater ROBIN COUSINS, and draws from Hollywood musicals to the films of Jacque Tati. Contributors include SIR ANTHONY DOWELL, RUSS TAMBLYN star of West Side Story and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the director of Billy Elliot STEPHEN DALDRY, ASHLEY PAGE and British Choreographers ROSEMARY LEE and LEA ANDERSON.
We will also have a special feature on 'Bourne to Dance' in the Christmas Ballet.co magazine.
Dance for the Camera on BBC2
Dance for the Camera¸ now in its fifth series, is broadcast on BBC TWO over the Christmas period. BBC Classical Music Television, the Arts Council of England and the Dutch broadcaster NPS have combined forces again to create eight imaginative and accessible films from some of the best talent in Britain and Holland.
• Saturday 22 December 2001 at 12.25 - 12.50pm
In Birds, a dance film without dancers, director David Hinton turns the natural movements of birds into an exhilarating dance experience.
In Your Dark Eyes, choreographer Suzy Blok and director Wolke Kluppell tell the story of how a long forgotten song can bring memories of a 30 year old love affair flooding back.
The final film, Enclosed, stars Rotterdam’s famous lifting bridge, in choreographer Ed Wubbe and director Marijke Jongebloed’s film. It becomes a massive percussive instrument on which two women act out their troubled relationship at increasingly giddy heights.
Dance for the Camera - Birds won the Grand Prix Dance Screen Award at the IMZ Dance Screen 2000, Monaco, and a Czech Crystal Award at the Golden Prague Television Festival.
• Sunday 23 December 2001 at 12.05 - 12.20pm
The two films tonight share escape as their theme.
In The Lift, choreographer Carol Brown and director Jane Thorburn show one woman’s triumph over suits, bicycle couriers and claustrophobia, in this up and down tale of office life.
Men of Good Fortune, directed by ##### Hauser and choreographed by Job Cornelissen and Sassan Saghar Yaghmai follow two men as they hit town. They have a lot to do and only 24 hours to do it in.
• Saturday 29 December 2001 at 12.30 - 12.25pm
The final three films in the present series, broadcast tonight, look at relationships between men and women.
In the first, To A Woman’s Heart, by choreographer Karin Post and director Bob Bentley, a three course seduction comes to a sticky end.
Resister, directed by Mike Stubbs and choreographers Maria Voortman/Roberto de Jonge, is a choreography of close ups exploring power in a relationship.
Finally, directed by Paula van der Oest and choreographed by Neel Verdoorn, I Want You, Not The Money is an homage to film noir as a woman in a taxi on a rainy night is fascinated by a man she sees walking home.