‘Flesh and Bone’ reveals premiere date

Starz show Flesh and BoneStarz recently announced that Flesh and Bone, the eight-episode series created by Emmy award-winning Breaking Bad Writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett, will premiere this fall, on Sunday, November 8.


Starz also released the key art for the limited series, as shot by photographer James Minchin. The poster displays a female dancer en pointe bent at the waist hugging her knees. The dancer’s spike bracelet, shirtless attire and fingers digging into her arms hint at the show’s darker tones. Promised to be “gritty and complex”, the show’s poster reads, “Take no prisoners.”


Flesh and Bone will follow a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The series unflinchingly explores New York City through the eyes of Claire— as played by professional dancer Sarah Hay (from Black Swan)—an emotionally wounded but transcendent ballerina navigating the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.


Claire’s self-destructive tendencies amid her vaulting ambitions drive her in compelling, unforeseeable ways, especially when she is confronted with the machinations of the company’s mercurial artistic director—played by Ben Daniels (from House of Cards and Law & Order UK)—and an unwelcome visitor from her past.


Read more about the show in this January 2014 article featuring exclusive interviews with Walley-Beckett and consultant/choreographer Ethan Stiefel, a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and the previous artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Australian filmmaker David Michôd directed the first episode. 


The cast comprises 22 accomplished ballet dancers, including former ABT Principal Irina Dvorovenko (Kiira), former ABT Soloist Sascha Radetsky (Ross), Ballet Arizona dancer Raychel Diane Weiner (Daphne) and Emily Tyra (Mia) from Boardwalk Empire.


Stiefel has created a 13-minute original ballet for Flesh and Bone. Other cast members include Josh Helman (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Damon Herriman (Justified), Tina Benko (The Good Wife) and Tovah Feldshuh (The Walking Dead).


The production was shot entirely in New York City, using soundstages at Steiner Studios, Kaufman Astoria Studios and locations around the city.


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