Jonathan Glazer’s Strasbourg 1518

World Premiere of Jonathan Glazer’s Strasbourg 1518 on BBC Two

The World Premiere of STRASBOURG 1518, the latest film from Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth, Under The Skin, The Fall) took place on BBC Two at 10pm on Monday 20 July and is now available on BBC iPlayer afterwards.

Inspired by a powerful involuntary mania which took hold of citizens in the city of Strasbourg just over 500 years ago, STRASBOURG 1518 is a collaboration in isolation with some of the greatest dancers working today. 

STRASBOURG 1518 was co-commissioned by Artangel and Sadler’s Wells and produced by Academy Films for BBC Films and BBC Arts. The film is part of BBC Arts Culture In Quarantine; bringing the arts into the homes of the nation at a time of national lockdown.

Find out more about the history of the dancing plague in Strasbourg:

Devised & Directed by Jonathan Glazer
Music by Mica Levi
Co-Commissioned by Artangel & Sadler’s Wells 
Produced by Academy Films for BBC Films & BBC Arts

Jonathan Glazer is an artist and filmmaker, best known for three highly distinctive feature films: Sexy Beast (2000), Birth (2004) and Under The Skin (2014). Glazer’s landmark videos for bands such as Radiohead and Jamiroquai and his ground-breaking commercials for clients including Guinness and Nike have won many awards, serving to elevate advertising into an art form. His most recent project as writer and director was The Fall, a 6-minute unannounced intervention on BBC2 during the evening  of 27 October 2019.

BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative is an essential arts and culture service across BBC platforms that will keep the arts alive in people’s homes, focused most intensely across BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Two, BBC Four, BBC Sounds, BBC iPlayer and We are doing this in close consultation and collaboration with organisations like Arts Council England and other national funding and producing bodies.

This arts and culture service includes:

  • Guides and access to shuttered exhibitions, performances or permanent collections in museums , galleries and performance spaces;
  • Ways to experience books with privileged access to authors including a collaboration with the Big Book Weekend amongst other initiatives.
  • Jewels from the archive as well as brand new content ensuring that brand new theatre and dance performances will join with modern classics to create a repertory theatre of broadcast
  • Participatory offers including masterclasses and ways to enable audiences to create at home through Get Creative
  • Topical arts through Front Row, Front Row Late, Free Thinking and more
  • A fund with Arts Council England to support around 25 artists to create new work
  • A place for arts organisations to share innovations from quarantine and for audiences to discover new things through

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