Great dance documentaries memorialize brilliant choreography and performances, and stand as thrilling works of art in their own right. Filmmakers use their cameras not only to capture the movements of the dance, but to become part of it. The cameras follow dancers, interacting with them, becoming instruments with which to create the complex and elaborate art of cinematic choreography. Combining archival and current verite footage with insider interviews, dance documentaries chronicle the lives of dancers and development of dance companies. This is a list of exemplary documentaries about widely varied dance genres.
French filmmaker Bertrand Norman follows the careers of five Russian ballerinas in their career path from the acclaimed Vaganova Academy to the stage of the famed Kirov Ballet. Using magnificent perormance footage, as well as behind the scenes shots and candid interviews, Bertrand gives audiences am insider glimpse of the extreme discipline and dedication demanded of ballerinas.
A superb collection of award-winning dance films from around the world. Each short film is an exquisite work of art in which different directors and cinematographers use their unique techniques, sensibilities and visions to successfully capture the full dynamic flow, spatial tension and emotional depth of dance. There's also a Dance for Camera 2.
Mitzi Gaynor, Hollywood's razzle dazzle showgirl, is a dancing dynamo in this profile, which compiles footage from her spectacular television specials.