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"Dance on camera": Ballet/Dance Film exhibition

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From the Miami Beach Cinematheque website:




"Gaite Parisienne"

(Victor Jessen, 1954, 38min.)

Choreographed by Leonide Massine, this film has exuberant performances by Alexandra Danilova, Frederic Franklin, Leon Danielian with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo to the ballet composed by Jacques Offenbach.

"Capriccio Espanol"

(Jean Negulesco, 1941, 20min.)

Choreographed by Leonide Massine, Argentinita, with performances by Tamara Toumanova, Alexandra Danilova, Frederic Franklin, Andre Eglevsky, Leonida Massine with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and music by Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov. This 1939 ballet of five divertissements was inspired by the rhythms of folk dances of Spain.

"My Madness is My Love":

Impressions of Vaslav Nijinsky

(Joe Davidow, Finland, 2007, 59min.)

Choreographed by Jorma Elo, in residence with the Boston Ballet, the film is a process film showing a dance group working on a variation of a piece by Vaslav Nijinsky. While the Director/Choreographer of the Company reads 'The Diary of Nijinsky,' his mind drifts, and we find ourselves in the Insane Asylum where Nijinsky spent over 20 years.



"Something to Dance About"

(Judy Kinberg, 2008, USA; 112min.)

This extraordinary documentary explores this complex choreographer/director in all his contradictory colors. Directed and produced by six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Judy Kinberg and written by best-selling Robbins biographer Amanda Vaill, it examines with candor and humor, his creative process, his perfectionism, and the controversies that plagued his life.


(Bertrand Normand, 2007, France; 77min.)


Russian ballerinas have always been a source of pride to their country and a revelation to the Western audiences, from Pavlova to Makarova. Normand, a Frenchman, explores his muse, the St. Petersburg ballerina, through interview and performance footage of Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina and Evgenia Obraztsova. Each ballerina reveals her personal hopes and dreams, as well as the misfortunes that can interrupt a brilliant career.



Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Conductor: Valery Gergiev.


Ulyana Lopatkina (Odette-Odile)

Danila Korsuntsev (Prince Siegfried)



For over thirty years the creative collaboration of the Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian and the Nederlands Dans Theater has produced more than 60 extraordinary productions. The dance works made for television were directed by Hans Hulscher, a specialist in capturing dance and opera. Panel on mastering the Kylian style, as moderated with Robert Johnson, dance critic for the Newark Star Ledger, with Lawrence Rhodes.

"Wings of Wax"

(Hans Hulscher, Netherlands, 1997; 19min.)

Opening with a a bare tree, hanging crown downwards with its roots in the air, the dancers emerge out of the black background, only to be absorbed back into it again in Jirí Kylián's take on the man who flew too near the sun.

"Petit Mort"

(Hans Hulscher, Netherlands, 1996; 18min.)

Set to the slow tempos of two of Mozart´s most beautiful and popular piano concertos, choreographer Jirí Kylián writes "I am living and working in a world where nothing is sacred, and where brutality and arbitrariness are commonplaces.


(Hans Hulscher, Netherlands, 2004, 26min.)

In this work for six dancers, Dutch choreographer Jirí Kylián uses Mozart's adagio and rondo KV 617 in C major to make a pun on 'moving, and being moved. He believes that "the nature of moving is such that, if you move towards something, you automatically move away from something else."

“The Best of La Scala”

"Mediterranea Stage: Teatro alla Scala"



Music: W.A. Mozart, G.Ligeti, G.P. da Palestrina and music from the Mediterranean area Choreographer: Sveva Berti Performers: Massimo Murru, Antonino Sutera, Francesca Podini, Gabriele Corrado, Antonella Albano, Andrea Volpintesta, Riccardo Massimi La Scala Ballet brings to the Teatro degli Arcimboldi what could be called a "sold out" premiere, which has indeed been the case worldwide for Mauro Bigonzetti’s much celebrated Mediterranea, a production that La Scala is adding to its repertoire in world exclusive. On this occasion, for the fifteenth anniversary of the show (created for the Balletto di Toscana in 1993), Mauro Bigonzetti will give the La Scala artists not only a revival but a true choreographic adaptation. Mediterranea, which does not indulge in the folklore but varies the musical genres, focuses on the gestures and the moves in a refined balance between lyricism and pure energy.

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