La Danse, The Paris Opera Ballet

By

Frederick Wiseman

The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the world’s great ballet companies. La Danse shows how a ballet company functions from administration, technical support, and classes, to the rehearsal and|or performance of seven ballets— Paquita by Pierre Lacotte, The Nutcracker by Rudolf Noureev, 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 Eurydyce by Pina Bausch. The film is a profile of all aspects of the ballet company, one of France’s principal cultural institutions.

Festivals & Awards

Biennale di Venezia 2009 – Orizzonti Section

Toronto International Film Festival 2009

Cesar 2010 – Nominated for Best Documentary

Press

In “La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet,” august documaker Frederick Wiseman turns his steady gaze on the titular Gallic dance company to create a sprightly look at an institution adapting to changing times.

Variety

Yes, this is one of the finest dance films ever made, but there’s more to it than that.

The New York Times

If you don’t already swoon over this art form, [La Danse] will make you wonder what took you so long.

Los Angeles Times

 

Original title: LA DANSE, THE PARIS OPERA BALLET

Production: Idéale Audience, Zipporah Films

Nationality: French, USA

Year of production: 2009

Running time: 159'

Language: French

Ratio: 1.66

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