Spring 2015 Documentary series
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:00pm
Directed by Jody Lee Lipes
Starring Justin Peck, Tiler Peck, and Sterling Hyltin
Rated G ·
From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. 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.
New York City Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, boasts a roster of more than 90 elite dancers and a repertory of works by many of the greatest choreographers in the history of the art form. When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the Company’s 2013 Winter Season. With unprecedented access to an elite world, 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.
Directed by Jody Lee Lipes, Ballet 422 is an unembellished vérité portrait of a process that has never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.
“Intimate and unusual behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a ballet, it may sound rarefied but has enough moments of truth and beauty to engage general audiences.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
“Director Jody Lee Lipes delivers an exhilarating third feature with Ballet 422. Himself a noted cinematographer, Lipes captures the dancers, musicians, costumers and lighting designers from a variety of angles within the larger canvas, always suggesting kinetic movement continuing beyond the frame. A delight for balletophiles, the film reps a beautifully crafted entree into the intricacies of collective endeavor.” (Ronnie Scheib, Variety)