Wednesdays with Wiseman: Ballet

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Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Program:Wednesdays With Wiseman
Virtual Cinema
Culture & Society
Release Year:1995
Runtime:170 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Zipporah Films
Director:Frederick Wiseman
Producer:Frederick Wiseman
Cinematographer:John Davey
Editor:Frederick Wiseman
Filmography:Titicut Follies (1967)
Hospital (1970)
Sinai Field Mission (1978)
Missile (1988)
Ballet (1995)
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (2009)
Boxing Gym (2010)
At Berkeley (2013)
National Gallery (2014)



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Reserve your ticket and start watching Wednesday, October 28 through Tuesday, November 10. You will have 48 hours to complete once you begin watching.

Wednesdays with Wiseman

Your ticket includes a special recorded conversation with Frederick Wiseman and Academy Award winner Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Free Solo).

In celebration of the opening of Frederick Wiseman’s 45th film, City Hall, we’re presenting a series of three Wiseman classics – Ballet (1995); Hospital (1974); Sinai Field Mission (1978) – available on successive Wednesdays beginning October 28, accompanied by conversations between Wiseman and other Oscar-winning filmmakers (Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Free Solo), Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), and Errol Morris (The Fog of War), respectively).

About the Film

Ballet is a profile of the American Ballet Theatre, an important classical ballet company. The film presents the company in rehearsal in their New York studio and on tour in Athens and Copenhagen. Choreographers, ballet masters and mistresses are shown at work with principal dancers, soloists and the corps de ballet. Other sequences involve the administration and fundraising aspects of the company.


"Ballet is an eloquent statement about the crucial role of art in bringing extra dimensions to our lives … As much as any seminarian, dancers have a special calling, an intense dedication. In classes and rehearsals, we see youngsters with ideal bodies looking for direction from those who have gone before. Outside the studios, they are just ordinary young people going to the beach… Then the lights go down, the curtain goes up and they are transformed into the vessels of incredible beauty." – John J. O'Connor, The New York Times

"[Wiseman] follows American Ballet Theatre’s dancers, choreographers, and backstage personnel through the arduous construction of a dance. Whether he’s recording a ballet master’s interview with a young hopeful or observing Natalia Makarova giving instructions in the projection of glamour and allure, Wiseman remains transfixed by the rigorous and highly traditional notion of beauty that the workers are trying to honor." – The New Yorker

"BALLET, in its characteristic unadorned, unsentimentalized manner, remains unique, and its portrait of ballet dancers at work has no parallel." – Alan M. Kriegsman, The Washington Post

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