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Greenlit: Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines, BBC2

Darcey’s Ballerina Heroines (1 x 60′) – Darcey Bussell tells the stories of the amazing ballerinas who inspired her and made ballet what it is today. Bussell spent two decades at the top, performing all the great roles in the classical repertoire and becoming one of ballet’s most famous faces. In this film she explores the history of the ballerina through the female ballet stars who came before her. Travelling from Versailles in France to the Winter Palace in St Petersburg and back to Covent Garden the theatre which welcomed Darcey’s earliest dance heroine, Marie Sallé, nearly 300 years ago in 1734. The documentary explores the changing role of the ballerina, examining the challenges that Darcey’s predecessors encountered, discovering the women who broke the rules and reveal what it takes to be one of the greats.

Channel: BBC2

TX: 1st March 2014

Source: BBC press release

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