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The 2006 Dance on Camera Festival begins on January 4 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, with some programs at Brooklyn's Galapagos Art Space and Manhattan's Donnell Media Center.

The site:

http://www.dancefilmsassn.org/NewPages/festival%202006.html

Concise program summary:

http://www.dancefilmsassn.org/NewPages/fes...nce%202006.html

Some ballet highlights include:

1. Ashton at 100: Fred’s Steps

Ross MacGibbon, UK, 2004; 138m

'This beautifully shot documentary captures an evening of choreography by

Sir Frederick Ashton marking his 100th birthday. Featuring the Royal Ballet Company,

the film also includes priceless archival footage of rehearsals, interviews with former Royal

Ballet stars, and biographical insights into an extraordinary artist.

Dance performance highlights include” Brahms Waltzes” in the style

of Isadora and “Daphnis and Chloe.” '

2. The Nutcracker Family: Behind the Magic

Virginia Brooks, U.S., 2006; 95m

'Across the country every fall, ballet companies rehearse the season’s favorite, “The Nutcracker.” Director Virginia Brooks and producer Delia Peters give us an unprecedented inside look at the School of American Ballet’s children in the 2003 production of George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”™ with rehearsals, archival footage, and interviews with former Maries.

Introduced by the director.'

3. Bringing Balanchine Back

Richard Blanshard, U.S., 2003; 80m

'Peter Martins took the New York City Ballet to St. Petersburg in 2003 with a repertory of George Balanchine ballets, unseen since 1972. This intimate look at the dancers in rehearsal and in performance on the stage of the famed Marinsky Theater is full of intimate moments, crises, and triumphs. A U.S. premiere. Producer Christopher Ramsey will introduce.'

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