Documentary About New York City Ballet Gets Gala Screening May 8

Classic Arts News   Documentary About New York City Ballet Gets Gala Screening May 8
Bringing Balanchine Back, a documentary about New York City Ballet's 2003 visit to the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, will be screened at a gala event in New York on May 8.

The film, directed by Richard Blanshard and narrated by Kevin Kline, had its U.S. premiere at the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center earlier this year. It includes footage of NYCB in performance and of the company's dancers exploring St. Petersburg as well as interviews with dancers and audience members.

It also captures backstage dramas, including an unexpectedly long intermission at NYCB's first performance. The delay, dancers eventually learned, was caused by an impromptu orchestra rehearsal called by conductor Valery Gergiev on the roof of the theater.

The May 8 gala, at the Joan Weill Center for Dance, will be hosted by NYCB ballet master in chief Peter Martins; the audience, according to a press release, will include "film industry personalities, star dancers, key media, and social figures." Admission is by invitation only.

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