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Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (2001)
"Tout près des étoiles: Les danseurs de l'Opéra de Paris" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Aurélie Dupont ...
Les Étoiles
Laurent Hilaire ...
Les Étoiles
Nicolas Le Riche ...
Les Étoiles
Manuel Legris ...
Les Étoiles
José Martinez ...
Les Étoiles
Elisabeth Platel ...
Les Étoiles
Jean-Guillaume Bart ...
Les Premiers Danseurs
Marie-Agnès Gillot ...
Les Premiers Danseurs
Clairemarie Osta ...
Les Premiers Danseurs
Nathalie Riqué ...
Les Premiers Danseurs
Wilfried Romoli ...
Les Premiers Danseurs
Céline Talon ...
Les Premiers Danseurs
Miteki Kudo ...
Corps de Ballet (Sujet)
Sylvain Durand ...
Les Pianistes de cours
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Bessy ...
La Directrice de l'École de Danse


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14 March 2001 (France)  »

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Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet  »

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$2,048 (USA) (22 November 2002)


$45,500 (USA) (5 September 2003)

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Le Lac des Cygnes
(Choréographie de Rudolf Noureev)
Avec l'aimable autorisation des Edtions Mario Bois SA
Musique de Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkowski)
Performed by L'Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris
Conducted by David Coleman
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"Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet" is a 2001 documentary that shows some of what goes on behind the scenes in a ballet company and its adjoining school: rehearsals, classes, performances, fittings, along with interviews with students, understudies, performers, teachers, and directors. All of this makes for a compelling piece about art, commitment, and choices.

Young, thin, and energetic, students in the school hope to get a placement in the ballet after completing their classes. Dancers are ranked from the lowest, the corps de ballet, to the highest, premiere danseur.

What is fascinating is what these young dancers go through at such a young age. They learn tremendous discipline and sacrifice. One dancer pointed out that she's not giving up a party; rather, she's choosing something more important to her, which is a good performance. The students also learn, early on, that they need to make decisions: what if they don't make it into the company, what if something happens and they are unable to continue dancing, should they marry, have children, just dedicate themselves to a career...a dancer's career is like an athlete's - it's short, and one has to mature early.

A truly excellent look at the life of an artist from the beginning to final performance.

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