Opens Fri, Oct 15, 2021 12:00AM
The Arthouse Series runs year-round and offers access to independent films to which our community would not otherwise have access. As of March 2020, this series has been running virtually. We feature
The Arthouse Series runs year-round and offers access to independent films to which our community would not otherwise have access. As of March 2020, this series has been running virtually. We feature domestic and international titles, films that debut at premiere film festivals from around the world, and independent films from smaller distributors like Kino Lorber, Magnolia, Neon, and Cohen Media.
IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM
(2021, USA, 88 min)
Directed by Connie Hochman
IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM takes us back to the glory years of George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer: taskmaster, mad scientist, and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: what was the secret of his teaching? Can it be replicated?
Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.
“There is a beautiful act of translation that this documentary observes, as Balanchine’s former students — now wizened teachers themselves — attempt to render his movements into speech.” – New York Times