Freeview Focus | Swan Lake

As the library now has access to the BBC Digital Archive which dates back to 2007 & is also able to upload terrestrial television programmes from the current Freeview TV schedules to the NSCD Media Archive…. we’ve decided to showcase some of this new content as it goes live on the archive.

This will include a display in the library to browse & explore, put together by Jade our Library & Digital Assistant.  The display will highlight related resources in the library collections – books, journal articles, DVDs, VHS, CDs, etc. For the start of the summer term we’re looking at…


Good Swan, Bad Swan :  Dancing Swan Lake
Director / Dominic Best
Presenter / Tamara Rojo
Aired on BBC Four on Thursday 18 February 2016 at 01:30
[London], BBC, 2014

View here or  search for BA199 on the NSCD Media Archive


Tamara Rojo, world-famous ballerina and artistic director of English National Ballet, takes us backstage as she prepares for one of classical ballet’s biggest challenges – the dual lead in Swan Lake. It is the ultimate role for any dancer, requiring her to play the completely contrasting characters – Odette the White Swan and Odile the Black Swan.

With unprecedented access, the disarmingly candid Rojo reveals her insights on the role’s physical and psychological challenges. Through demonstration and masterclass, she reveals how to read the choreography of some of Swan Lake’s most famous scenes.

Along the way Rojo gives us a glimpse of Swan Lake’s history – its genesis through to 21st-century incarnations. She looks back at some of the greats that inspired her and leads the way forward, coaching the next generation of rising stars.

This film celebrates Swan Lake as an evolving and living work of art – the ultimate classic.

Broadcast on BBC FOUR at 18/02/2016 02:30

If you’d like to know more about this programme or find out more about Swan Lake resources available in the library, please pop down & explore the Swan Lake display, you’ll find:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • A bibliography of Swan Lake resources in the library collections
  • An information board created by Jade

Coming soon : This week we’ll also be uploading Soul Music : Swan Lake to the archive, which airs on BBC Radio 4 Extra on 15/16 April 2016… so keep an eye on the recently added section of the NSCD Media Archive.

More ballet documentaries on the NSCD Media Archive:

BA203 l Swan Lake
View here

BA201 l Bolshoi’s Babylon
View here

BA202 l Fonteyn ’59: Sleeping Beauty
View here

BA197 l Carlos Acosta’s Carmen: The Farewell Performance
View here

BA196 l Darcey’s Ballet Heroes
View here

BA198 l Dancing in the Blitz
View here

If you have any questions or have issues accessing footage please feel free to drop into the library for a chat with Sam or Jade.

You can find out more about the NSCD Media Archive here