Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:44PM
From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work.
Directed by Jody Lee Lipes
Produced by Ellen Bar, Anna Rose Holmer
World Premiere: Tribeca Film Festival 2014.
"Director Jody Lee Lipes delivers an exhilarating third feature with 'Ballet 422'...the documentary moves with the same fluidity that characterizes Peck’s choreography."--Variety
"Jody Lee Lipes’s unassuming documentary watches this young man as he goes about the process of putting the performance together. This isn’t a sensationalistic, watch-everything-go-wrong-as-the-deadline-approaches kind of movie. Rather, it’s a quiet portrait of the amazing amount of work that goes into creating an ineffable piece of art. Peck himself seems to be a quiet man, willing to let the pros around him do their best work, but as Lipes’s camera gets closer and closer to him, we start to see the anxiety and the fear play out on his face. As opening night approaches, we start to feel as nervous as he does."--New York Magazine
"Lipes likes the concentration and focus of the work, and the sound of shorthand and shop talk. Near the end, before the big premiere, there is a fleeting close-up of a dancer’s ravaged feet — a reminder of how taxing this work is, and an apt encapsulation of this absorbing and well-made documentary’s ethos."--Flavorwire
North American Distributor: Magnolia Pictures