La Danse: the Paris Opera Ballet

11 September
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12 / $10 (season pass: $100 / $80)

This transfixing portrait immerses us in action with much time devoted to the renowned Paris Opera’s practice studios, as dancers rehearse for the season.

Their tireless perfecting of technique and astounding talent is captured in thrillingly sustained takes. Pirouettes and jetés fill the screen, before the dancers pause, catch their breath and start again. 

We then become the privileged spectators of company performances of Nureyev’s The Nutcracker and Pina Bausch’s Orpheus and Eurydice, among others. 

Wiseman invites us to experience the inner workings of dance; he also reveals the mechanisms necessary to maintaining this grand institution, which require inspired creativity of another kind.  

‘This superb, engrossing piece manages to dissect both an institution and an art form with extraordinary skill and beauty’ – Kate Stables, Sight and Sound  

Presented in partnership with the Sydney Film Festival and ACMI.

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