films: la danse coming to northwest film forum

From La Danse’s Facebook page
One of my colleagues sent me a posting from her blog: an interesting interview with documentary-maker Frederick Wiseman regarding his latest film, La Danse.

That sent me on a little treasure hunt. When, oh when, is it coming to Seattle?

This 158-minute movie about the Paris Opéra Ballet opens here on December 4, at Northwest Film Forum, sponsored by the French Consulate. Show times appear below, as do more pix from La Danse‘s Facebook page and some descriptive copy cribbed directly from Northwest Film Forum’s website.

“Friday, Dec 04 at 07:00PM
Saturday, Dec 05 at 07:00PM
Sunday, Dec 06 at 07:00PM
Monday, Dec 07 at 07:00PM
Tuesday, Dec 08 at 07:00PM
Wednesday, Dec 09 at 07:00PM
Thursday, Dec 10 at 07:00PM

From La Danse’s Facebook page
“The Paris Opera Ballet is one of the world’s great ballet companies and Fredrick Weisman one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. This documentary combines the two as Weisman follows the rehearsals and performances of seven ballets: Genus by Wayne McGregor, Le Songe de Medée by Angelin Preljocaj, La Maison de Bernardaby Mats Ek, Paquita by Pierre Lacotte, Casse Noisette by Rudolph Noureev, Orphée and Eurydiceby Pina Bausch, and Romeo and Juliette by Sasha Waltz. The film shows the work involved in administering the company and the coordinated and collaborative work of choreographers, ballet masters, dancers, musicians, and costume, set and lighting designers.”

And, Northwest Film Forum’s pull-quote from Moira Macdonald’s Seattle Times review (Toronto International Film Festival): “It all adds up to a portrait of an exquisitely ephemeral art, all the more beautiful for its fleeting quality.”

From La Danse’s Facebook page