“He taught America how to dance, generations after generations after generations — now only how to dance but how to look at dance, and he taught audiences to how to appreciate classical ballet” Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief at NYC Ballet, explains in this documentary portrait of George Balanchine. “There’s no one larger in the history of ballet — without exaggeration — than Balanchine.”
The Russian choreographer co-founded NYC Ballet in 1948 and created a stunning range of ballets, from classical Tchaikovsky favorites to modern Stravinsky collaborations.
It’s hard to comprehend the sheer size and scope of the world-renowned dance company, but this recent promotional documentary reveals the many moving parts that come together. From the orchestra pit to rehearsal studios, it’s a virtual back stage tour. The film was directed by Nick Bentgen for N.Y.C. Ballet, following on the heels of documentaries about the costume shop, the perfect pair of ballet slippers, and how to dance a pas de deux.