One Dance and BBC Dance Passion live broadcasts

Published: 26 November 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Dancer Tamar Dixon Credit: Dani Bower
Zeb Simpson Credit: Dani Bower

Dance Passion is a collaboration between BBC Arts and sector support organisation One Dance UK comprising a digital 'box set' on BBC iPlayer and a highlights programme on BBC Four.

It features works across all genres—ballet to ballroom, contemporary to tap—from companies such as The Royal Ballet, Ballet Black, Motionhouse, Rambert, Tap Attack, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Akram Khan, Candoco Dance Company, National Dance Company Wales and Simple Cypher.

These pieces will be broadcast on iPlayer in five hour-long programmes introduced by Josie d’Arby and Karim Zeroual. Two live segments will be from Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry—the current UK City of Culture—and three pre-recorded segments will come from Theatre Royal Plymouth’s TR2, Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and London’s Sadler’s Wells.

Dance Passion 2022 also includes fourteen BBC Arts and One Dance UK co-commissioned short films and interactive projects by UK-based professional and community dance companies, independent artists, choreographers and associated technical partners in dance education and dance medicine. These are the results of an open call to develop new dance, filming and digital talent and specially-commissioned short film by New Zealand-born, Birmingham-based choreographer Corey Baker.

The short films explore themes such as dance as an intergenerational language uniting people in the efforts to tackle climate change, choreography as a way of expression in disability and the relationship between the performance space and the digital dimension.