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Bart Cook: Choreographer
Bart Cook became a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet in 1979. He worked extensively with Jerome Robbins, Associate Artistic Director of NYCB and prolific choreographer. Bart originated and performed soloist roles in The Cage, Glass Pieces, I'm Old Fashioned, Dances at a Gathering, The Concert and Opus 19.…
Dancing Across Borders
Dancing Across Borders is the intimate and triumphant story of Sokvannara "Sy" Sar, who as a young man in Cambodia was dancing with a small troupe in Angkor Wat when Anne Bass, a longtime patron of dance in America, saw him perform. Bass was so taken with Sy's talent and…
New York Export: Opus Jazz - The Fusion of Jazz and Ballet Dance
In 1958, Jerome Robbins' "ballet in sneakers," NY Export: Opus Jazz, became a smash hit when it was broadcast on The Ed Sullivan Show and toured around the world. Set to an evocative jazz score by Robert Prince, the dance told the story of disaffected urban youth through movement that…
15 Days of Dance - The Making of Ghost Light
Commissioned by Center for the Moving Image, University at Buffalo, Brian Reeder's new work for the ABT Studio Company is a ballet for six dancers set to Music for the Theater by Aaron Copland and featuring costumes designed by Reeder. Dance critic and Professor Ann Murphy writes, "Ghost light, as…
Eisenstein's Carmen
The Last Conversation: Eisenstein's Carmen Ballet takes its name from a miniature ballet created in 1947 by the famous Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein. A distillation of the final scene of Bizet's opera Carmen, Eisenstein's duet for two Bolshoi dancers was one of the last creative acts of this 20th…
Dance Theatre of Harlem
The "Dance Theatre of Harlem's" birthplace was in a disused garage in Harlem, a black district of New York. Arthur Mitchell, the founder who still acts as its artistic director, set up the ballet school with the aim of giving black dancers the opportunity of sound training, as their skin…
Positive Motion
This powerful documentary follows a unique HIV/AIDS dance group in San Francisco led by pioneering dancer Anna Halprin. It shows a group of men with AIDS or HIV-infection using their condition as a resource for creative expression. The video is a collage of seven months of the group's emotionally-charged workshops,…
Secundaria
Secundaria quietly follows one high school class over a three-year period on its journey through Cuba's world famous National Ballet School. Our teenage dancers love to dance, but many of them must dance as their sole way out of poverty and the constraints-both visible and invisible-that shape life in Cuba.…
Alonzo King Lines Ballet
The choreographer Alonzo King, acclaimed as "one of the few, true Ballet Masters of our times" by world-famous William Forsythe, works with his company The Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco. Before founding LINES Ballet in 1982 King has been working for companies around the world, including the Frankfurt…
Ballet Boys
Ballet Boys takes you through disappointments, victories, forging of friendship, first loves, doubt, faith, growing apart from each other, finding your own way and own ambitions, all mixed with the beautiful expression of ballet. Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir experience some very important years in the beginning of their ballet careers.…
An Evening with the Royal Ballet
Excerpts from four different ballets, danced by Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most successful dance partnerships of modern times, filmed at the peak of their creative genius with the corps de ballet of the Royal Ballet.
The Dance Goodbye
What is life like for a dancer when they can no longer dance? Inspired by Merrill Ashley's departure from the New York City Ballet as an acclaimed principal dancer, this documentary, created by Ron Steinman and Eileen Douglas, captures the poignancy of this life turning point. After a struggle to…