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In Balanchine’s Classroom

USA | 2020 | 88 min. | Connie Hochman

October 2, 2021

DocFest

In Balanchine’s Classroom takes us 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, with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work.

Live virtual Q&A scheduled with director Connie Hochman.

Showtimes

Saturday, October 2, 2021

11:00 AM

VIRTUAL ACCESS

This film will be available virtually October 4–7 on the SIFF Channel.

*Restricted to audiences in WA State.

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In Balanchine’s Classroom takes us back to the glory years of 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? Can it be replicated? Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.

  • Director: Connie Hochman
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2020
  • Running Time: 88 min.
  • Producer: Connie Hochman, Mark Hochman
  • Cinematographers: Tom Hurwitz, Don Lenzer, Martin Morales
  • Editors: Anne Fratto, Patrick Gambuti, Jr.
  • Music: Chris Hajian
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • US Distributor: Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist