Every young girl has fantasized about being a ballerina at some point. I was no exception, but I didn’t start obsessing into well into adult hood. I love, love, love anything dance inspired, heck even Striptease has its merits. But ballet has always been a fave. When I lived overseas with spotty TV reception I wore out my copies of The Company, Center Stage and of course Black Swan. When I saw a fleeting promo for a dance drama while channel surfing some time ago I had to track it down. I missed the premier of Flesh and Bone, but low and behold it’s currently On Demand. Hello binge watch!
The opening credits is mesmerizing with eye catching visuals and haunting music. I was hooked. Flesh and Bone has the expected bitchy ballerinas, dictator director, and the young ingénue. But it is the sublime ballet that is the real star. Flesh and Bone is flush with real dancers, so no cutaways or close-ups meant to disguise lack of dance experience. I appreciated the intense emotion and grueling routines. The story centers around Claire, the new recruit that has a mysterious past that comes back to haunt her. On the surface it seems cliché, but it plays out in such a way that you can’t look away. The secondary characters are equally compelling, but Flesh and Bone only parcels out bits and pieces, perhaps holding out for a series renewal (fingers crossed) Be forewarned that this show is not for the kiddos, it has plenty of raw details and nudity that are not for the faint of heart. If you can grapple a bit of taboo ick factor, (think Flowers in the Attic), and are a fan of melodrama and the art of dance I think you will enjoy it.
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