With digital platforms, cinema screenings and Hollywood-worthy trailers, ballet is rapidly expanding beyond the grainy YouTube clips of yesteryear. These two gorgeous new films by Ezra Hurwitz, a former Miami City Ballet dancer turned director, show two facets of the Ballet Across America program, currently onstage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing … More »
Have you seen New York City Ballet’s 2016/2017 promotional images? They were shot by famed photographer Peter Lindbergh and feature members of the company in various unstudied poses, set around a rural New York estate. The accompanying video, directed by Stephen Kidd and available on Nowness, is equally dreamy. Lindbergh’s style is both gritty and … More »
There’s something compelling about the pristine classicism of ballet contrasted against a gritty setting. The viral success of videos like Sergei Polunin and David LaChapelle’s “Take Me to Church” doesn’t lie. Here’s another video to add to the list of edgy and beautiful dance films out there: Ezra Hurwitz’s latest endeavor with San Francisco Ballet. … More »
In his new film Why We Dance, director Ezra Hurwitz helps us understand what it looks and feels like for members of Miami City Ballet as they prepare for a performance. The film’s detailed shots of hands and feet, and its intimate behind-the-scenes footage, feels like an invisibility cloak that allows you to slip backstage. … More »
Elizabeth Kendall’s book Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer has inspired a George Balanchine biopic, to be produced by Gulfstream Pictures. The book focuses on Balanchine’s early life, and his friendship with Liidia (Lidochka) Ivanova, who died days before the two were scheduled to leave Russia together. The book … More »
Michaela DePrince, the aspiring ballerina made famous in the documentary First Position, has grown up into an elegant and successful dancer. She’s now performing with the Dutch National Ballet.
MGM recently announced that the company has bought the rights to adapt Michaela’s memoir Taking Flight, co-written with her mother Elaine DePrince, into a feature length film. The movie will be produced with Alloy Entertainment.
While ballet dancers in sneakers performing a steamy duet in the middle of two abandoned train tracks may sound like something out of a game of truth or dare, it’s actually a scene in a new film being produced by New York City Ballet soloists Sean Suozzi and Ellen Bar. Based on Jerome Robbins’s NY … More »
Imagine a world where talent is seen as a threat to society. The beautiful wear masks, the intelligent have earpieces that muddle their thoughts—and ballerinas are grounded by heavy weights. This is the premise of 2081, a 28-minute film based on a short story by Kurt Vonnegut that will be available on DVD this month. … More »