In Balanchine’s Classroom
Directed by Connie Hochman
$12 / $8 Speed members and Louisville Ballet supporters
“I don’t want dancers who love to dance. I want dancers who need to dance.”—George Balanchine
In Balanchine’s Classroom takes us back to the glory years of George 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 and question if his methods can 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. 2021, U.S., DCP, 88 minutes. Recommended for 12 +
The Louisville Ballet will present Emeralds with choreography by George Balanchine in their Spotlight Series Impressionism to Jazz on March 3-5, 2022 at The Brown Theatre.