Saturday, 14 May 2016

Data Base: Flesh and Bone (2015)


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Series Premiere   November 8, 2015
Genre  Drama, Dance
Country of Origin            United States
No. of seasons  1
No. of episodes  8
Running Time   60 minutes
Channel  Starz
Website          https://www.starz.com/series/fleshandbone/episodes
Developed by                                                     Moira Walley-Beckett
Starring  Ben Daniels, Irina Dvorovenko, Sarah Hay, Josh Helman, Damon Herriman, Sascha Radetsky, Emily Tyra, Raychel Diane Weiner, Karell Williams



Synopsis

Starz’s mini-series Flesh and Bone follows the young aspiring dancer Claire (Sarah Hay) on her journey through the uncompromising and highly competitive world of New York’s ballet elite. Her troubled past has left Claire an emotionally unstable person with low self-esteem and self-destructive tendencies. However, when dancing she manages to channel these feelings into her performance, which gives her that special something that might turn her into a star. Paul Grayson (Ben Daniels), the artistic director of the American Ballet Company, immediately recognises her potential and is determined to make Claire his muse on his way to creating a new, more modern image for his company. Unsurprisingly, this rapid ascend from newcomer to the top of the pecking order provokes a high degree of envy among her fellow dancers. We get to see Claire struggle to cope with the bullying, the apparent need to prostitute herself as a dancer in order to get roles and if that wasn’t enough, one of her past’s demons is about to catch up with her.

Yay or nay?

For fans of Black Swan. Flesh and Bone gives a dark, gritty and unflinching portrayal of the underbelly of the ballet scene, with an abundance of drama and emotional cruelty that is often hard to stomach. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many dance scenes as you would expect from a show about dancers, but an asset of Flesh and Bone is that it’s cast consists of professional dancers, who were also involved in the creation process to make the portrayal of the ballet world as accurate as possible – apart from a lot of over-dramaticising that is.



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