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Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Ballet 422" screens in Vancouver Sept 29 and October 4

A new film following Justin Peck's creation of his ballet Paz de la Jolla will have its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival:

Ballet 422

(USA, 2014, 72 mins, DCP)
Canadian Premiere
FEATURING New York City Ballet, Justin Peck, Tiler Peck, Sterling Hyltin, Amar Ramasar
PROD Anna Rose Holmer, Ellen Bar
CAM Jody Lee Lipes, Nick Bentgen
ED Saela Davis
MUS Bohuslav Martinů


Sep 29 11:00 am
Oct 04 09:00 pm
Taking cues from Frederick Wiseman’s unadorned observational style, director Jody Lee Lipes whisks us inside The New York City Ballet’s storied confines and allows us to witness the creation of the company’s 422nd original piece. As the film elegantly traces the two months from first rehearsal to opening night, we glimpse the process through which choreographer Justin Peck elicits such sublime movement from his dancers. Likewise, we’re party to instances of divine inspiration and profound frustration, as the vérité film lays bare how arduous and sweat-drenched creativity can sometimes be.
Having already earned acclaim for his work as a cinematographer on features like Afterschool (VIFF 08) and Martha Marcy May Marlene (VIFF 11), Lipes now takes a significant step forward as a director. Despite being in the exhilarating position of enjoying unprecedented access to one of the foremost creative dance companies in the world, he conducts himself with calm assurance, ensuring that he’s made the film he needs to make and that audiences yearn to see.
The documentary moves with the same fluidity that characterizes Peck’s choreography… Lipes captures the dancers, musicians, costumers and lighting designers from a variety of angles within the larger canvas, always suggesting kinetic movement continuing beyond the frame. A delight for balletophiles, the film [represents] a beautifully crafted entree into the intricacies of collective endeavor.”—Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Preceded By: The Rehearsal

DIR Carl-Antonyn Dufault / Canada, 2013, 7 min.
Can thousands of carefully synchronized gestures and movements recreate an overall choreography?

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