“Inspirational doesn’t begin to describe it”. – Rolling Stone
Wednesday 16 December 2015, 19:30 at Rialto Amsterdam
A BALLERINA’S TALE
Nelson George | US | 2015 | 88 min
Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman in more than 20 years to be named principal dancer, prima ballerina, of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet and of that already small number only a fraction of them are black women.
In 2013, after more than a decade at American Ballet Theater, Copeland’s was offered the lead role in Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird” to be performed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, a dream come true for a soloist. After an acclaimed performance she revealed to have danced with six fractures in her left shin, an injury that could possibly terminate her career.
A BALLERINA’S TALE follows Copeland from her lead performance in “Firebird,” through her injury and the painful road back to dancing that followed, with her return to the American Ballet Theater and the efforts to work her way back into the company’s top ranks.
George Nelson’s documentary offers an intimate behind-the-scene portrait of a dancer’s personal struggle but also focuses on the cultural impact of Copeland’s rise to stardom. Due to the colour of her skin and her curvy body, Copeland has become an influent spokeswoman about two controversial issues in the elite ballet world: the absence of women of colour at major dance companies and the emphasis on skinny bodies for ballerinas.
“Inspirational doesn’t begin to describe it”. – Rolling Stone’s 15 Must-See Movies at Tribeca Film Festival “George has crafted an inspiring documentary to befit the elegance, power and will of his subject,” Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
“Breathtaking and introspective.” – The Upcoming
“Copeland’s dancing is eternal, its radiance forever committed to your memory once you’ve encountered it.” – Blouinartinfo International
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