Starz today announced that Flesh and Bone, the eight-hour limited series created by Emmy award-winning Breaking Bad Writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett, will premiere on Sunday November 8, 2015.
Flesh and Bone follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark, gritty, complex series unflinchingly explores New York City through the eyes of Claire, played by Sarah Hay (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 (House of Cards, Law & Order UK) and an unwelcome visitor from her past.
Flesh and Bone, was created by Emmy award-winning Breaking Bad writer and Executive Producer, Moira Walley-Beckett. John Melfi (House of Cards, Sex and the City), Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting) and Kevin Brown (Roswell) are Executive Producers. Australian filmmaker David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, Rover) directed the first episode.
To ensure authenticity, the Executive Producers cast a company of 22 accomplished ballet dancers including former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Irina Dvorovenko (Kiira), former American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky (Ross), Ballet Arizona company dancer Raychel Diane Weiner (Daphne) and Emily Tyra (Mia) from Boardwalk Empire. Ethan Stiefel, former artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, served as consultant and choreographer. He 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.