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Ballet drama series from Starz: "Flesh and Bone"

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#1 dirac


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Posted 24 September 2013 - 10:47 AM

The Starz channel has a new series in the works:


The drama will explore the dark side of the professional ballet world through the story of Claire, a young ballet dancer with a troubled past who joins a prestigious New York ballet company. Starz says the series "will unflinchingly explore the dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world."



and from the casting call notes:


CLAIRE: Female, Caucasian, 21 years old. Series lead. Must dance at a company ballerina level. Claire is beautiful, delicate, soulful and serious. Prototype: Polina Semionova (see video above).



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Posted 24 September 2013 - 11:21 AM

Those descriptions of the roles are hilarious. I hope the show overcomes them.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:53 PM

The network has announced:


  • It will be called "Flesh and Bone"
  • It will be created, written, and produced by "Breaking Bad" writer/co-producer Moira Walley-Beckett
  • Ethan Stiefel will consult and choreograph
  • In supporting roles will be former ABT Principal Irina Dvorovenko, ABT's Sascha Radetsky, and Ballet Arizona's Raychel Diane Weiner


"Flesh and Bone" follows a young ballet dancer, Claire Robbins, who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York.  The dark and gritty series will unflinchingly explore the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.


The producers are an interesting and ballet-deep bunch:
The project will be written and executive produced by Ms. Walley-Beckett and Starz, with Executive Producers Lawrence Bender (Oscar® nominated for Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting), Kevin Brown ("Roswell") and John Melfi ("Sex and the City," "House of Cards," "Nurse Jackie," "Rome").  Bender, Brown and Walley-Beckett all have connections to the world of ballet, which brought them together with Starz on this project.  Bender and Walley-Beckett are former ballet dancers, and Brown's family is made up entirely of former ballet dancers and their story was the basis for the Oscar-nominated film, The Turning Point.



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Posted 21 November 2013 - 11:51 PM

Thanks for the link, Helene. According to the link they haven't yet found anyone beautiful, delicate, soulful and serious enough for the lead.


The "troubled past" is standard issue for the protagonist of a contemporary cable drama. Perhaps Claire will be mentally unstable and reliant on prescription drugs to keep her on an even keel. Her mother earned the money to put Claire through ballet school by becoming a methamphetamine dealer. Halfway through Season 2, we will discover that Claire's real name is Dick Whitman.....

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 05:10 AM

if only...

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 05:57 AM

Future best series quote: "I AM the one who pliés."  

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 11:00 AM

The show may air in 2015:


The green light comes after an extensive nationwide search involving thousands of hopefuls resulted in the casting of dancer Sarah Hay (Black Swan) in the lead role.


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Posted 28 October 2014 - 12:51 PM

Evidently the show will be a miniseries. They're using many actual ballet dancers and apparently scheduling them for more than one season is a bit of a hassle. Not necessarily a bad thing, many of these multiseason serial dramas go on longer than they ought to do.

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