IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM takes us back to the glory years of Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer: taskmaster, mad scientist, and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: what was the secret of his teaching? Can it be replicated?
Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.
**Due to distributor restrictions, streaming of this film is currently only available within a 35 mile radius of Port Townsend. We expect this to expand in the near future. The movie will also be on-screen at the Rose very soon.**
3 day rental • NR • 89 min. • Closed Captioning Available
"In mathematics, there was Newton; in psychology, there was Freud; and in American ballet, George Balanchine was a foundational genius."
— New York Times
“My fervent wish is to share with others the story of this extraordinary teacher and his extraordinary disciples. It is, in essence, the artist’s journey, a subject rarely tackled in film. The magic of Balanchine’s classroom was like nothing on earth. By opening the door, I invite you in to see for yourself.”
— Director, Connie Hochman
"We are treated to an impressive amount of never seen before footage from Balanchine's class archives, as well as rehearsal and performance video featuring the disciples or the man himself."
— Film Threat