Documentary, Music, Dance
PG | 75 min | English
Tribeca Film Fesitval 2014 Official Selection
From first rehearsal to world premiere, BALLET 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet when 25-year-old Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, is commissioned to create a new ballet for the Company’s 2013 Winter Season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, BALLET 422 illuminates the process behind the creation of a single ballet within the ongoing cycle of work at one of the world’s great ballet companies. The film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create Paz de la Jolla, NYCB’s 422nd new ballet. BALLET 422 is an unembellished vérité portrait of a process that has never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.
"Ballet 422 is short, vigorous and charming. It's also purposefully superficial, holding a mirror up to the creative process rather than attempting to penetrate its mysteries." - New York Times
"Where's the excitement? It's there for those of us who love good movies ab
out the process of collaborative work done for the love of it." - NPR
"A delightfully immersive look at how a ballet is created, Jody Lee Lipes' documentary is a stark contrast to the psycho theatrics of something like Black Swan." - New York Post