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La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet: film review

I can think of few finer pleasures than watching great dances in movies. Could there be anything more exhilarating than a number featuring Astaire and Rogers, Gene Kelly, the Nicholas Brothers, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson? And yet, the sad truth is that most filmmakers don’t know how to present the dance – how to bring it […]

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Bonjour à la Nouvelle at the Paris Opera Ballet

PARIS — Brigitte Lefèvre, director of the Paris Opera Ballet, did not let the grass grow under her feet when Wayne McGregor was appointed resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet in 2006. The following year, Mr McGregor was created “Genus” for the French company. , and the play was performed this month on a triple […]

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“The Dance: The Ballet of the Paris Opera”

Moving bodies tend to stay in motion, but almost never with the moving beauty and grace of Frederick Wiseman’s exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, “La Danse”. Wiseman has been making his kind of silent yet powerful documentaries for decades. “The Dance” is his 36th, following looks at institutions as varied as the Idaho […]

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The Paris Opera Ballet — Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter

Frederick Wiseman has been making documentaries for 40 years, taking a sharp look at a large number of social and cultural institutions. His new film, “La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris”, demonstrates that his skills are intact. While several of his documentaries, dating back to “Titicut Follies” in 1967, had a muckraking edge […]