Ballet 422

Ballet 422

DVD - 2015
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When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the Company's 2013 Winter Season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB's 422nd new ballet.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (75 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Call Number: DVD 792.8 BAL


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Nov 23, 2018

Amazing film, very "Frederick Wiseman" without too much editorial. This will be of interest not only to dancers, choreographers, and balletomanes, but also composers, musicians, and costume designers. Any artist or creator will love this movie, and watching the dance emerge. I found this stunning and concise. Recommend highly!

Jul 06, 2016

A fascinating documentary about the incredibly detailed work that goes into creating a ballet production.

Mar 27, 2016

This 75-minute documentary of the creation process of the ballet "Paz de La Jolla" is worthwhile for giving a close-up look at young Justin Peck and how he works through all the stages leading up to the first performance of his new piece. The behind-the-scenes Peck is more interesting than the one media presents, btw, and the ways he works with his three primary dancers is really something, very thrilling and funny and real. The processes for lighting, costumes and music (not to mention the coordination of all three) show you how complex the work of putting a dance together goes way beyond just the steps. It is also beautifully filmed (no jumpy arty camera antics). Dance fans will love this one.

Feb 09, 2016

This is a documentary about a production by New York Ballet Company. If you search over YouTube you will find more informative documentaries on famous ballet company ballet productions. This documentary is not in-depth enough. Just ok.

Dec 04, 2015

Really enjoyed this inside look at all the work behind the scenes to put together a ballet performance. Incredible teamwork and intense practice go into such a feat!

Sep 05, 2015

This behind-the-scene documentary chronicles the activities in the two months before a new production: design and rehearsal of new dance routines, the costume , music and lighting that go with it. I am not a fan of ballet, but this film is an eye-opener nevertheless.

xaipe Aug 06, 2015

I am not knowledgable about ballet and lived in NYC for years without attending a single performance of the NYC Ballet, but this movie only makes me regret my oversight. This movie is an account of what goes into an NYCB production and the takeaway for me was that it's extremely hard work. Justin Peck's original new ballet is the focus, and Peck oversees every aspect. He was only 25 years old, but his low-key approach to what is involved in the finished production impressed me as well as his dedicated, polite interactions regarding company matters. The filming was done with hand-held cameras. There is no drama, no conflicts - this isn't a scripted "story" as such. Running time is only 75 minutes and it's an interesting peek into a world with which I was unfamiliar.


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