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La Danse
The Paris Opera Ballet

Directed by Frederick Wiseman
2009
France, USA
158 minutes
PG
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In what the New York Times describes as “One of the finest dance films ever made,” Wiseman reveals the on and off-stage dramas of one of the world’s great dance companies.
This transfixing portrait immerses us in action with much time devoted to the renowned Paris Opera’s practice studios, as dancers rehearse for the upcoming season. Their tireless perfecting of technique and astounding talent is captured in thrillingly sustained takes. Pirouettes and jetés fill the screen, before the dancers pause, catch their breath, and start again. We then become the privileged spectators of company performances of Nureyev’s The Nutcracker and Pina Bausch’s Orpheus and Eurydice, among others. As Wiseman invites us to experience the inner workings of dance, he also reveals the mechanisms necessary to maintaining this grand institution – which require inspired creativity of another kind.

Complement your in-cinema viewing of It Takes Time: Ten Films by Frederick Wiseman with a Wiseman Masterclass, hosted for a limited time on ACMI’s online platform, Cinema 3.
This superb, engrossing piece manages to dissect both an institution and an art form with extraordinary skill and beauty.
Kate Stables, Sight and Sound

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Sun 3 Jul
12:30pm
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Program Strand
Wiseman Retrospective
Original Title
La Danse - le Ballet De l'Opéra De Paris
Year
2009
Classification
PG
Country
France, USA
Language
In English and French with English subtitles
Director
Frederick Wiseman
Producer
Françoise Gazio, Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Frederick Wiseman
Cinematographer
John Davey
Editor
Frederick Wiseman, Valérie Pico
Genre
Documentary, Dance, Cinephile, Arts, Retrospective
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Zipporah Films, Inc.
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