In Balanchine’s Classroom
2021, NR, US, Documentary, 88 minutes
Filmmakers in Attendance
Director: Connie Hochman
Producer: Connie Hochman
Writer: Connie Hochman
Cast: Jacques D’Amboise, Merrill Ashley, Gloria Govrin, Suki Schorer, Edward Villella, Heather Watts
In Balanchine’s Classroom transports audiences back to the glory years of George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer: taskmaster, mad scientist and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: What was the secret of his teaching — and can it be replicated?
Filled with never-before-seen archival footage of Balanchine at work and interviews with many of his adoring dancers who carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as viewers have never seen him. In Balanchine’s Classroom will thrill anyone interested in the intensity of the master-disciple relationship and all who love dance, music and the creative process.