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ETOILES: DANCERS OF THE PARIS OPERA BALLET celebrates the legacy of one of the best ballet companies in the world by weaving together rehearsals... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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
Maurice Béjart ... Choreographer
Fabrice Calmels ... Student at L'École de Danse l'Opéra de Paris
Jirí Kylian ... Choreographer
Brigitte Lefevre ... Directrice de la Danse

Directed by
Nils Tavernier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nils Tavernier 

Produced by
Agathe Berman .... executive producer
Frédéric Bourboulon .... producer
Agnès Le Pont .... producer
Cinematography by
Dominique Le Rigoleur 
Nils Tavernier 
Film Editing by
Florence Ricard 
Production Management
Pierre Carrique .... production manager
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production manager
Sound Department
Christian Fontaine .... sound mixer
Denis Martin .... sound
Hamid Naghibi .... sound mixer
Xavier Piroëlle .... sound (as Xavier Pirroëlle)
Denis Tribalat .... sound (as Denis Triballat)
Stéphane Venet .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Luc Pallet .... first assistant camera
Stéphane Patti .... assistant camera
Eric Philbert .... assistant camera
Emmanuel Pineau .... assistant camera
Vincent Tessier .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Frédéric Casnin .... color timer
Christine Maffre .... assistant editor
Music Department
Collegium Instrumental de Brugges .... orchestra
Sylvain Durand .... composer: additional music "Celtic Folk" and "Adage"
Sylvain Durand .... musician: piano for "Les choses de la vie", "Don Quichotte", "Celtic Falk" and "Adage"
Richard Rodgers .... composer: song "My Funny Valentine"
Other crew
George Balanchine .... choreographer: ballet "Apollon Musagète"
Dominique Baron .... production administrator
Gilles Baron .... choreographer: ballet
Sandrine Brauer .... clearances
Maurice Béjart .... choreographer: ballet "La IXème Symphonie"
Florence Dard .... staff: Little Bear
Pierre Darde .... choreographer: ballet "Orison"
Jirí Kylian .... choreographer: ballet "Doux Mensonges"
Pierre Lacotte .... choreographer: "La Syphide"
Agnès Le Pont .... staff: Little Bear
Veronique Marty .... production assistant
Rudolf Nureyev .... choreographer: ballet "Le Lac des Cygnes" (as Rudolf Noureev)
Timothée Pamart .... staff: Little Bear
Hugues R. Gall .... thanks: Directeur de l'Opéra National de Paris
Muriel Hallé .... thanks: Délégués du ballet
Brigitte Lefevre .... thanks: Directrice de la Danse
Laurent Queval .... thanks: Délégués du ballet

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tout près des étoiles: Les danseurs de l'Opéra de Paris" - France (original title)
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100 min
Sound Mix:
France:U | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)

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very impressive, 26 May 2013
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"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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