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Biennale de la danse 2021 - Quand la danse rencontre le cinéma

Une sélection de films à programmer à l'occasion de la Biennale de la danse 2021 de Lyon

10 films

Une sélection de films documentaires, de fictions et de courts-métrages où la danse s'invite à l'écran.

Biennale de la danse 2021 - Quand la danse rencontre le cinéma
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  • Literary adaptation, Comedy-drama
  • 2016
  • France
  • 1h48

Polina

by Angelin Preljocaj and Valérie Müller

Moscow, early 90s. Polina, aged 8, is a gifted ballerina. From a modest background she joins the prestigious school of Professor Bojinsky, who trains dancers for the Bolshoi. He immediately grasps her tremendous potential and makes her work so hard that at only 18 her dream finally comes true and she enters the prestigious Bolshoi. This is when she meets Adrien, a charming French dancer. He will help her to discover not only love but, more importantly, a new form of dance, more contemporary and expressive, a kind of dance that will change her life forever. From Moscow to Aix-En-Provence and Antwerp, from success to disillusion, we follow Polina's incredible destiny.

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  • 2016
  • France
  • 1h50

L'Opéra

by Jean-Stéphane Bron

In turn ironic, light-hearted and cruel, encompassing music and ballet, The Paris Opéra turns the spotlight on great passions, and tells the story of life behind the scenes at one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world.

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  • Drama
  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h42

Little Tickles

by Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer

Odette is 8 years old, she loves drawing and dancing. Why should she be suspicious of a friend of her parents who offers to "play tickling"? As an adult, Odette dances her anger, embraces life with freedom of speech...

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  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h31

Le Grand bal

by Lætitia Carton

It’s the story of a ball. A big ball. Every summer, more than two thousand people come from all over Europe, to a small town in the French countryside. During 7 days and 8 nights, people dance again and again, lose the notion of time, defy their fatigue and their bodies. It turns, it laughs, spins, cries and sings. And life pulses.

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  • 2016
  • France
  • 2h00

Relève : histoire d'une création

by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai

Reset takes us into the privacy and creative process of one of modern dance's most beautiful minds. Benjamin Millepied agreed to allow Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai to shadow him with their camera for three months to record his creative work right from the first rehearsals through to opening night. It is total immersion that lets us appreciate the man's creativity, his engagement and all the hard work that led him to be named director of dance at the Paris Opera House.

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  • 2016
  • France
  • 24min
  • last chance

Sarah Winchester, opéra fantôme

by Bertrand Bonello

An opera ballet that doesn't exist. A ghost-like piece, played in Opera Bastille and danced at Opera Garnier. An almost mystical link between both scenes. A musician is testing sounds in Bastille's pit. The choir are taking their place in the rehearsal studio. Both sides are fine tuning the work in progress of an opera ballet: Sarah Winchester, her grief, her madness, her home and her ghosts.

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  • Experimental film, Musical comedy
  • 2017
  • France
  • 6min

Les Indes galantes

by Clément Cogitore

Krumping is a dance born in the Los Angeles ghettos after the riots of 1995. Through this performance filmed on the Opéra Bastille stage, Clément Cogitore creates a battle between urban culture and Rameau's music.

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  • Musical comedy
  • 2017
  • France
  • 8min

Le Feu au coeur

by Danielle Arbid

By a miracle, one fall day at the Centquartre arts center in Paris, ten dancers came to show what they could do during the Fous de danse (Crazy About Dance) event initiated by the Musée de la Danse and Boris Charmatz. Fifteen years old, they displayed an exalted spirit and an uncompromising optimism, with their pockets full of sophisticated street dance references.

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  • Musical comedy
  • 2016
  • France
  • 9min

For a Moment

by Clémence Poésy

Observing in close up the students of the Opéra National de Paris' dance school, who day after day build their future as dancers, Clémence Poésy offers a novel gaze that leaves the bodies at work off screen. By capturing the intimacy of faces, she reveals some of the mystery of the quest to which this apprenticeship is devoted.

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  • Experimental film, Musical comedy
  • 2018
  • France
  • 12min

Grand hotel Barbès

by Ramzi Ben Sliman

Paris, in the Goutte-d'Or neighborhood, spring 2018. Twenty-year-old Ulysse, impoverished and idle, encounters Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when turning a corner. The Austrian composer could get Ulysse out of his tight spot in exchange for a dance.

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