5 Best Films about Dance and Choreography

Apart from the popular classics, Step Up (2006) and Black Swan (2010), there are plenty of great films about dance and choreography. Read on for our top 5.


The Paris Opera (L’Opera)- 2017

The Paris Opera (L’Opera) is without exaggeration, a blockbuster documentary. History of the Paris National Opera dates back to the 16th century with French director Jean-Stéphane Bron managing to capture one of its the most significant moments. In 2015, the theatrical season was set to be opened with an extremely complex opera by Arnold Schoenberg, ‘Moses and Aaron’. Suddenly, before the official premiere, the artists decided to go on strike. The film also tells the story of the young Russian baritone Mikhail Timoshenko.

A Ballerina’s Tale- 2015

The film tells the story of the first African American ballerina, Misty Copeland. The girl was born into a large family and her parents were against ballet lessons. Copeland also began to dance quite late for a ballerina – at the age of 13. However, the girl got spotted by the American press and her fame started to grow. A Ballerina’s Tale focuses primarily on her creative path, and shows her return to the stage after a long period of rehabilitation.

Ingmar Bergman through the Choreographer’s Eye- 2017

Not only other filmmakers, but also choreographers seek inspiration In Bergman’s work. Four of them travelled to the island of Foret, to Bergman’s house, and eventually shot an unusual dance film. It consists of four small plays, which in one way or another interpret the work of the classic. For the fans of Bergman’s films this is a great opportunity to look at his work from a new perspective and learn more about how he films – choreographers examine the gestures and movements of his characters.

Maiko – Dancing Child- 2015

This is a story of a Japanese ballerina Maiko Nishino, who at the age of 14 went to one of the best dance schools in Europe, and at the age of 32 became a prima ballerina of the Norwegian National Ballet. Film director, Åse Svenheim Drivenes, focused on the personal drama of the actress: Maiko decided to start a family, and this jeopardised her career achievements.

Bobbi Jene- 2017

The story of Bobby Jene Smith is no less dramatic – after a 10-year career with the Israeli dance company Batsheva, she returned to the United States where she faced uncertainty. The film allows you to look at the life of a dancer and her complex relationships with her relatives and loved ones.

Have you seen any of these? Let us know in the comment section below.

Text: Irina Gorskaia

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