Speaking about videos...
If you ever get a chance to have the documentary about Nicolas LeRiche in your hands, watch it !!! It is by far the best piece of "dance on the screen" I have ever seen. Simply fascinating. I used to watch the same shots three times in a row, for some of them are pure beauty... like this one where he is practising his jumps, doing a big manège while the camera is in the center of the circle and follows him. Then you see it again but in slower motion, without any sound but the music... and he is flying. Wow. In this documentary you have interviews (with Nicolas and also other dancers, most notably Aurélie Dupont, who was not yet Etoile at that time, but also choreographers such as Roland Petit or Neumeier, ballet masters, etc), rehearsals, choreography being created, and dance, dance, dance. All styles. Many great partners such as I.Guérin, Pietra, Ferri, and also Clairemarie Osta.
It is very "reworked", there is some slower motion, faster motion, editing, mixing, and also a few poems that are said (or whispered) after or during some dance pieces. It is *very* effective for me, but if you don't know french you may not appreciate it the same way as I did.
Anyway, having seen this documentary, I think my expectations where a bit too high when I watched "Tout près des étoiles" (I mean "Etioles"
), unconsciously I was waiting for something similar and I was a bit disappointed. No aesthetically magical moments, in my opinion. But an interesting movie anyway.