Dancing Nation, a festival of world-class dance

Today, BBC Arts and Sadler's Wells launch a festival of world-class dance, including a segment of Birmingham Royal Ballet's critically acclaimed production of Lazuli Sky

Dancing Nation, an exciting digital event, featuring a series of new works and audience favourites from a diverse and thrilling line up of the UK's best-loved dance artists, is now live to watch on BBC iPlayer. For programme notes or if viewing from outside the UK please visit the Sadler's Wells website.

Supported by Arts Council England, Dancing Nation features 15 pre-recorded performances, with artists inhabiting spaces throughout Sadler’s Wells, across its stages, studios and foyer spaces in a ‘take-over’ of the building. The event will be available in three hour-long segments, with each episode hosted by BBC presenter Brenda Emmanus, introducing the performances and interviewing artists.

Catch Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta and Choreographer of Lazuli Sky, Will Tuckett, discuss the first one-act ballet commissioned and presented by Carlos as Director of the Company, and the challenges and achievements of the past year. 

Watch Birmingham Royal Ballet's segment from 33:00 minutes in here

Cover photo credit: Tom Rogers & Yu Kurihara in Lazuli Sky; Photo: Johan Persson