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A Starz Limited Series from Emmy Award-Winning Writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad), Flesh and Bone follows a young ballet dancer, Claire, who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York.The dark, gritty, complex series unflinchingly explores the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world and New York's inherent drama.Claire is emotionally wounded, sexually damaged, and possesses self-destructive tendencies amid her vaulting ambitions.She is a transcendent ballerina, but her inner torment and aspirations drive her in compelling, unforeseeable ways, especially when confronted with the manipulations of the company's unpredictable Artistic Director, and an unwelcome visitor from her past.
Ballet-movie fans will find all the usual stereotypes here: demanding and nutty company directors and choreographers, aging ballerinas, wannabe corps dancers, straight guy in a gay man's world, jealousy, eating-disorders, drugs, troubled backgrounds. This series takes it up a notch or two by including incest, self-mutilation, violence, sexual assault, mental illness, sex slaves, the Russian Mob, and more. And there is lots and lots of sex and nudity---all varieties, and very graphic. The actors put forth a good effort here, but for the most part these characters are a pretty morose and unlikeable bunch. Production value is good, they definitely spent some money making this show.
And yes, there is dancing. Interesting that they really commissioned a new work for this series, and it is very compelling to watch at the end. But screen time here is heavy on the story away from the stage. It's not a ballet movie with drama, it's a drama with some ballet as background.
And the dancing! Oh it's spectacular! I love ballet but I am not an aficionado - and the beauty and grace of the performances are breathtaking. Even the opening titles are so awesome that I dare anyone to skip over them. Obsession is the theme throughout.
I imagine the reason why this drama wasn't picked up again (don't worry - there are no real loose ends, just breadcrumbs in case they came back) is because of the family subject matter of the main character. But that is a relatively small aspect of it, but it can be disturbing to a lot people (it was to me but I kept going because this drama is so phenomenal).
Another aspect that I like is that it didn't resort to melodrama. The "big reveal" is done so matter-of-factly that I actually had to rewind to feel the impact.
Please give this a try. I promise you won't regret it. If nothing else, there are a lot of beautiful, naked, young bodies to be seen! :)