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William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (2009)

On a cold night in Milwaukee high art meets pop culture as award winning choreographer Margo Sappington (OH! CALCUTTA!, BILLBOARDS) premieres her latest ballet, "Common People", set to the ... See full summary »

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Margo Sappington
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Elizabeth Shatner
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On a cold night in Milwaukee high art meets pop culture as award winning choreographer Margo Sappington (OH! CALCUTTA!, BILLBOARDS) premieres her latest ballet, "Common People", set to the music of William Shatner and Ben Folds from their album, Has Been. GONZO BALLET explores the genesis of this unique artistic collaboration by fusing the music, poetry, and dance of "Common People" with interviews of the creators, dancers, and audience members. Written by Anonymous

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The film won the Best Documentary Award at the Marbella International Film Festival in Spain. William Shatner attended the ceremony and accepted the award. See more »

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Henry Rollins: Talk about ahead of the curve - it's like the world has finally caught up with William Shatner. Turns out he's been laughing the whole time.
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Listen to the album and then see this documentary.
12 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Why would I ever choose to watch this documentary? Well, it is because I bought a copy of the Ben Folds/William Shatner "Has Been". While it's definitely true that Shatner's earlier musical foray (the godawful "Transformed Man") were so terrible that it was only valuable as camp, "Has Been" has such amazingly good lyrics that the album took me by surprise. When I first heard it, I laughed--after all, it IS Shatner basically talking through the songs...until I realized how brilliant and insightful the songs were. The one that struck me the most was the song about the death of one of Shatner's wives (who drown in their pool a few years ago). The album is very self-revelatory and fascinating and very well-produced.

Apparently, a famous choreographer (Margo Sappington) approached Shatner and Folds about setting this album to modern dance! And, this is the purpose of this film--to show this dance and discuss how it came to be. You hear from Sappington, Folds and Henry Rollins, but most of the film consists of listening to Shatner muse and discuss his thoughts about the songs and their origins--all as you watch the dancers dance. While this might sound dull, it NEVER is. Very insightful and fascinating. However, before you go out and watch this film, get the album and listen to it a few times. Believe it or not, it's one of the best albums I've heard.


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