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IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM: The Legendary Choreographer Is Revealed – Opening Fri, Sept 17 at Film Forum
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:13 am EDT 08/20/21

IN BALANCHINE'S CLASSROOM:
The Legendary Choreographer and Teacher Revealed
Through Brilliant Archival Footage and Interviews with Acolytes;
Documentary Has US Theatrical Premiere
Friday, September 17 at Film Forum

Film Forum is pleased to present the US theatrical premiere of Connie Hochman's feature directorial debut IN BALANCHINE'S CLASSROOM, on Friday, September 17, with a wider national release to follow from Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber. The genius of George Balanchine (1904-1983), the man who reinvented ballet for the 20th century, is celebrated in this homage to his nonpareil choreography, the basis of his body of work for the New York City Ballet and the technique taught at the world-renowned School of American Ballet. Some of Balanchine's greatest stars describe the inventiveness, precision, speed, and musicality he demanded: Jacques d'Amboise ("It's like I was a pupil of Einstein"), Merrill Ashley ("a privilege of a lifetime"), Gloria Govrin, Suki Schorer, Edward Villella, and Heather Watts ("He was some kind of mad scientist"). Balanchine instilled in each of them an abiding, obsessive love of dance and an almost religious desire to pass along his artistry and vision. The depth of Balanchine's passion - and theirs - is dazzling, as is much of the never-before-seen footage of him in the classroom.


"Balanchine [was] one of the greatest choreographers in the history of ballet and the co-founder and artistic director of the New York City Ballet… one of the foremost artistic enterprises in the United States. In his dictum that the material of dance is dance itself, he taught dancers and the public to look at ballet in a new way. In his attraction to the very essence of dance - movement, steps and combinations of steps - he enlarged the ballet vocabulary as had no other 20th-century choreographer… Like Stravinsky and Picasso, the 20th-century modern artists with whom he has been ranked, Mr. Balanchine was an innovator who came out of a classical tradition."
- Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times, 1983 (from his obituary)

"What Mr. Balanchine has here created is literally too beautiful for words... the inspiration so sustained, the invention so imaginative, the concept so magnificent."
- Clive Barnes, writing on "Jewels," The New York Times, 1967

IN BALANCHINE'S CLASSROOM (2021, 88 minutes) Directed by Connie Hochman. Cinematography by Don Lenzer, Tom Hurwitz, & Martin Morales. Produced by Connie Hochman. Edited by Anne Fratto & Patrick Gambuti Jr. Composer: Chris Hajian. Music Supervisor: Suzana Peri. USA. In English. A Zeitgeist Films Release In Association With Kino Lorber.
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