We are happy to share with you that the post-production for “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” is now complete. We have worked hard in the two months since we filmed the live performance at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida. And we are confident that the final version will take its viewers on an extraordinary journey into the art form of ballet that few ballet fans have ever experienced.
The film will be screened throughout the United States on March 31 and April 2. To find a theater near you, please visit: http://www.emergingpictures.com/titles/ballets-greatest-hits-yagp-gala-youth-america-grand-prix/.
What makes it truly extraordinary is its format, fusing performances, historical footage, and artistic insight. Since the cast was superb, we knew the performance footage would be spectacular. So we tried our best to add to it, creating an incredibly intimate experience for the audience. We took the audience backstage and sat down with the artists to talk about what each ballet means to them, what the process is like, and what challenges they face in creating their roles. Artists like Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht discuss their partnership and unique approach to their performance. Marcelo Gomes talks about what ballet means to him. And Joseph Phillips lets us in backstage and shares with us his experience of preparing for two hours – just for a minute and a half on stage.
Besides giving our audience an intimate backstage tour, we also wanted to add context to each ballet – and included segments in which luminaries of the dance world (like Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied and Susan Jaffe) share their insights about each piece you will see. The segments also include archival photos and videos (many of which have rarely been seen in the United States). We think that after seeing the archival footage, most of you will be surprised to see just how much ballet technique has evolved as recently as the 1950s.
In editing the interviews, we realized how difficult it was to reduce conversations with 14 of the most interesting dance figures into short segments. Some of the interviews lasted for hours – and it was simply not possible to include everything they had to share in the film. That is why we plan to release larger segments separately on our website, just to give our viewers a deeper experience of a conversation with the dance world’s brightest personalities. We will let you know when these segments are online.
In the meantime, here is the full list of live performances included in the final version of “Ballet’s Greatest Hits: YAGP Gala”:
LIVE PERFORMANCE ARTISTIC CREDITS:
SWAN LAKE White Swan Pas de Deux. Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky. Performed by: Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre), Veronika Part (American Ballet Theatre).
NUTCRACKER Grand Pas de Deux. Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky. Performed by: SUGAR PLUM FAIRY: Hee Seo (American Ballet Theatre), NUTCRACKER PRINCE: Alejandro Virelles (Boston Ballet).
LA BAYADERE Pas D’Action and Bronze Idol. Choreography: Marius Petipa. Music: Ludwig Minkus/John Lanchbery. Performed by: GAMZATTI: Isabella Boylston (American Ballet Theatre), SOLOR: Matthew Golding (Dutch National Ballet), BRONZE IDOL: Joseph Phillips (American Ballet Theatre).
FLAMES OF PARIS. Choreography: Vasilly Vianonen. Music: Boris Asafiev. Performed by: Ashley Bouder (New York City Ballet), Daniel Ulbricht (New York City Ballet).
GISELLE Pas de Deux. Choreography: Marius Petipa. Music: Adolphe Adam. Performed by: GISELLE: Greta Hodgkinson (National Ballet of Canada) ALBRECHT: Matthew Golding (Dutch National Ballet) MYRTA: Stella Abrera (American Ballet Theatre).
DON QUIXOTE Grand Pas de Deux Act III, with one bridesmaid. Choreography: Marius Petipa. Music: Ludwig Minkus. Performed by: Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet), Taras Domitro (San Francisco Ballet), Skylar Brandt (American Ballet Theatre).
THE FILM INCLUDES INTERVIEWS WITH:
Lawrence Bender: Film Producer
Matthew Bourne: Artistic Director, New Adventures
Leslie Browne: International Master Teacher and former Oscar nominee
Jose Manuel Carreño: Artistic Director, The Carreño Dance Festival
Misty Copeland: Soloist, American Ballet Theatre
Angel Corella: Artistic Director, Barcelona Ballet
Alessandra Ferri: Director of Dance, Spoleto Festival
Susan Jaffe: Dean, School of Dance at North Carolina School of the Arts
Denys Ganio: Former Etoile, Paris Opera Ballet
Mathieu Ganio: Etoile, Paris Opera Ballet
Benjamin Millepied: Artistic Director, L.A. Dance Project
Wendy Perron: Editor-in-Chief, Dance Magazine
Alexei Ratmansky: Artist-in-Residence, American Ballet Theatre
Edward Villella: Founder and former Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet
We plan on sharing updates with you once a week over the next several weeks and hope that you will help us to spread the word about “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” and its screenings across the country. To find a theater near you, please visit http://www.emergingpictures.com/titles/ballets-greatest-hits-yagp-gala-youth-america-grand-prix/.