Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, January 13:
Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai
French TV 2015
Tribeca, Sydney, Jerusalem, Melbourne, IDFA, Seattle, Vancouver
A new director aims to shake up the Paris Opera Ballet.
Acclaimed choreographer, New York City Ballet principal, and BLACK SWAN choreographer/performer Benjamin Millepied took on the prestigious post of dance director for the Paris Opera Ballet in late 2014. Attaining privileged access, Demaizière and Teurlai follow the charismatic, forward-thinking newcomer as he prepares for his first show while trying to reinvigorate the institution by diversifying casting and updating staging technologies. As the film counts down to the opening night, Millepied is seen developing movements and overseeing his dancers, while the camera also spotlights the physical spaces of the Ballet itself. Given its lack of any real narrative drama, the film, while somewhat overlong, works best as an institutional portrait, one that is beautifully lensed and well edited – with the exception of intermittent rapid-fire montage sequences which prove more distracting than instructive.