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In what A.O. Scott of The New York Times calls "one of the finest dance films ever made," documentary master Frederick Wiseman focuses his gaze on one of the world's great ballet companies, the Paris Opera Ballet. While showing the entirety of a ballet company's activities, from administration to technical support and classes, La Danse devotes much time to rehearsals and performances of seven ballets, including Paquita by Pierre Lacotte, The Nutcracker by Rudolf Nureyev, Genus by Wayne McGregor, Medea by Angelin Preljocaj, The House of Bernarda Alba by Mats Ek, Romeo and Juliet by Sasha Waltz and Orpheus and Eurydice by Pina Bausch.

Among the dancers observed are Aurélie Dupont, Laetitia Pujol, Nicolas Le Riche, Marie-Agnès Gillot and Agnès Letestu, and conveying the intense work behind the performances, La Danse delivers a vivid portrait of the workings of an artistic institution as well as, in Scott's words, "the fleeting moments of bodily motion and musical expression that make ballet such a singular and elusive art form." In English and French with English subtitles. (US/France 2009) 158 min.


Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Dec 4 2009 - Dec 31 2009
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901
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