Ballet 422


Ballet 422

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Ballet 422 offers a transfixing, intimate look at professional dance that should satisfy fans of the form as well as curious neophytes.



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Cinematographer and documentarian Jody Lee Lipes crafts an intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary offering a rare peek into the highly-guarded world of professional ballet. The film shadows Justin Peck, the 25-year old choreographer of the New York City Ballet, as he undertakes the Herculean task of creating the company's 422nd original piece while simultaneously fulfilling his role as a Corps de Ballet member. Lipes chronicles Peck's creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, quietly observing as he balances a roster of musicians, designers, and dancers from this famed institution. Ballet 422 is a powerful celebration of the skill and endurance of Peck and his fellow NYCB dancers-as well as those who remain hidden in the wings. (C) Tribeca Film Festival

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Amar Ramasar
as Principal Dancer
Sterling Hyltin
as Principal Dancer
Tiler Peck
as Principal Dancer
Albert Evans
as Ballet Master
Andrew Sill
as Appearing
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  • It's filled with delicious moments, particularly for dance fans ...

    Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The fly [on the wall] is very good at getting access...but rather less good at giving context.

    Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • There are few titles and no interviews or narration. Entire scenes go by without anyone speaking. Instead, Ballet 422 is a very intimate look at the process.

    Mar 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • For fans of dance, "Ballet 422" will produce plenty of pleasures. But as with great ballet, great movies always benefit from a little drama.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes Jody Lee Lipes documentary so interesting - even transfixing at times - is the fact that nothing is editorialized or explained. There are no interviews or voice-overs.

    Feb 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A perfect match of form and substance ...

    Feb 26, 2015 | Full Review…

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