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New ballet film
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Dec 16, 1999 5:26 am ]
Post subject:  New ballet film

Here's a press release that I was sent about a new ballet documentary. Mara Galeazzi is beginning to make a name for herself and a large photo of her was on the front page of 'The Daily Telegraph' last week. Cathy Marston is one of the bright hopes of UK ballet choreography. I'm looking forward to seeing the film this Sunday and will report on how it has turned out. Interestingly, the film was partially financed through the web-site <P>******************************************** <P>Work is now completed on a short film project starring Royal Ballet soloist Mara Galeazzi (recently voted Most Promising Newcomer in a poll conducted by website and renowned young choreographer Cathy Marston, another rising star of The Royal Ballet. Facing Mara, produced and directed by Philip Cox, explores the theme of a day in the life of a dancer through an innovative combination of media: digital documentary footage, stills photography, and two choreographed works, contemporary and classical, both shot on film. Shown at a private screening in December, the 24 minute film is now expected to form part of the summer season at The Royal Opera House where it will attract the interest of ballet enthusiasts and film followers alike.<P>This film marks a departure in discipline for its two protagonists, who both appreciated the challenges that a new form brought to them, and Cathy delivers insight into the difficulties of choreographing ballet for the intimate ‘eye’ of film. More than this, Facing Mara allows an insight into the creation of a dance piece, from the intentions of composer William Morris to the working dynamics of the dancer-choreographer relationship. Appropriately, the choreographed piece itself involves a degree of formal experimentation, including a beautiful study of the unconscious body shot by cinematographer Brendan McGinty as part of the central dance sequence. The film’s arrival also marks the return to the scene of a series of emblematic ballet sketches and lithographs by the world-famous Zsuzi Roboz which grace the credit titles.<P>This project has realised the “exciting possibilities of meeting together two traditionally different media: cinema and spectacle-driven ballet. It is about the process of creating where art is at its most organic and exciting”, says director Philip Cox. He also gave testimony to the enthusiasm and generosity of all the talents involved. The film has been independently supported by private sponsors, <A HREF="," TARGET=_blank>,</A> and the Friends Of Covent Garden, as well as by the artists themselves.<P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited 12-16-1999).]

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Dec 16, 1999 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: New ballet film

I have to admit that I tend to enjoy documentaries about dance much more than movies or videos of dance performances.<P>I also find it amazing that a website can have so much clout as to helo finance a movie!<P>Stuart, do you know if this movie will be released in the US?

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