We’re getting our first look at Starz’s ballet drama Flesh And Bone. The eight-hour limited series follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The curtain rises on November 8.

Shot entirely in NYC, Flesh And Bone is described as a dark, gritty, complex series that unflinchingly explores the city through the eyes of Claire, played by Black Swan‘s Sarah Hay, 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) and an unwelcome visitor from her past.

Flesh And Bone was created by Breaking Bad writer/executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett. John Melfi (House Of Cards), Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds) and Kevin Brown (Roswell) are exec producers. Australian filmmaker David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) directed the first episode.

The cast includes 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 Boardwalk Empire’s Emily Tyra (Mia). Ethan Stiefel, former artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and a former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, served as consultant and choreographer. 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).