Merce Cunningham was an American dancer and choreographer who resided at the forefront of modern dance for five decades.
Written / directed by Alla Kovgan, Cunningham is a new 3D documentary about the last generation of his dance company. A visual story told through recreations of his landmark works and archival footage of Cunningham himself, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage…
I’m interested in the story of Cunningham and his great works. By the end of the movie, I may even be inspired to move my body more creatively than before. Mostly however, I just want to see mesmerising dance moves and beautiful visuals
Directed by Jody Lee Lipes, Ballet 422 offers an inside look, from first rehearsal through to world premier as it follows emerging young choreographer Justin Peck and his dancers, as they prepare for a very important production at the prestigious New York City Ballet.
With just two months to pull everything together, I got to experience the sense of urgency and the apparent stress involved with such a feat, especially for Justin.
Ballet 422 is ideal for dancers but more so for those curious about what it might be like to be in a situation similar to Peck’s, even though interestingly, he’s never actually interviewed.
I’m no expert in this particular art form, of course, but seeing the finished production at the end didn’t quite leave me more interested in being a spectator of ballet. At least not as much as the following…