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Wayne Sleep to mentor “plus-size” amateur ballet dancers for Channel 4 doc

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Wayne Sleep will mentor a group of “plus-size amateurs” to perform scenes from Swan Lake, in a three-part series for Channel 4.

Big Ballet will see Sleep and ballet dancer Monica Loughman work with 16 amateurs over six months to create scenes from Swan Lake.

The group’s training will take place at Northern Ballet and the series is produced by independent company Rare Day.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 has also commissioned a season of programmes looking at how music can have an impact on everyday lives.

The Mad 4 Music season will include Bjork and Attenborough – The Nature of Music, which explores “our unique relationship with music”, and Chopin Saved My Life, about the “transformative power” of Chopin’s Ballade Number One.

Channel 4 commissioning editor for the arts Tabitha Jackson said: “I have two ambitions for Channel 4 arts – to celebrate, enable, showcase and inspire contemporary creativity, and to use the arts as a prism through which we can understand what it is to be alive today. These films do that and provoke us to see both the arts and ourselves in a different way.”

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