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La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris (2009)



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One of America's most respected documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman, presents a glimpse into the inner workings of a respected ballet company in 2009's La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet. Wiseman and his camera crew traveled to France and watched from the sidelines as the company's choreographers and dancers (among them Emilie Cosette, Aurélie Dupont, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Benjamin Pech, Laëtitia Pujol, and Wilfried Romoli) worked out the details of the major pieces for their 2008 program. In addition to the dancers honing their craft, Wiseman trains his eye on the people backstage who help make the ballet a reality, from the artistic directors and financiers who raise the funds to pay for the production to the stage crew who build the sets and the cleaning crew who sweep up after the show. La Danse was Wiseman's second film about classical dance, after 1995's Ballet (which documented a year in the life of the American Ballet Theater); it received its North American premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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On DVD: Jul 28, 2014
Box Office: $0.4M
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Critic Reviews for La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (18)

La Danse is an example of cinema at its most musical, an awe-inspiring celebration of body, mind and movement.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

What's missing is a sense of who the dancers are as people and it makes La Danse feel like it has missed some crucial steps.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It is an insider's look at the ballet, but one that only an insider will get the most out of.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

La danse is as good a way as any to discover the extraordinary combination of control, strength, precision, beauty and art that goes into creating ballet.

Full Review… | November 5, 2010
Cinema Autopsy

Yes it's long, but like the seven ballet productions it follows, La Danse prizes meticulous, exhaustive and downright entrancing precision...Indeed, La Danse is a film that makes you profoundly grateful documentaries exist.

Full Review… | October 25, 2010
Concrete Playground

I warn you, this film is long. Two hours and forty minutes worth. Dance gives it its constant pulse, while it builds, slowly. It will reward your patience, it may even make new converts to dance as an art form.

Full Review… | October 22, 2010
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Audience Reviews for La Danse -- Le Ballet de l'Opera de Paris

Showed up in a very low key way on PBS without much of a word or wimper but I was quite happy to catch it even though the broadcast quality was poor. I'm afraid that I wouldn't likely be found at a performance of the Paris Opera but there is something intriguing about seeing the details of the company from a fly's point of view. The directors avoided dull interviewers and simply let those involved tell their story through their activities ranging from rehearsals to fundraisers, corporate affairs and even union meetings.

John Ballantine
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