This past Sunday I had a boring night and ended up scrolling through Netflix. This usually leads to mindlessly rewatching The Office or Parks and Recreation for hours but neither of these appealed to me for the first time in a while and I actually scrolled through the “Recommended for You” section, and not just to laugh at how many Disney movies it thinks I need to see again (but I guess I do need to see all of them again (sometimes I think Netflix knows me better than I know myself)).
I, a history geek, clicked through documentaries, still thinking I’d be rewatching the “Dinner Party” episode of The Office if nothing caught my eye, and impulsively decided to commit an hour and fifteen minutes of my life to Ballet 422. Best. Decision. Of the week.
This documentary follows the creation of a ballet in 2013, the 422nd original ballet from the New York City Ballet. From practice, to costume design, through rehearsals, all the way up to the opening night, Ballet 422 allows us a unique glance into the world of dance . There is no script, just snippets of conversation in quiet tones during water breaks or in dark corners behind the curtain. The viewer is able to follow these quiet, raw moments behind the scenes as they culminate into the final beautiful performance. It’s soothing to see the calm intensity of the dancers practicing their parts and their gracefulness, even without the tutus. Plus, ballet has always been fascinating to me. All the twirls and leaps and pointe shoes you see make you feel as though you’re part of the company, just waiting for your cue. Luckily, it never comes and you don’t risk embarrassing yourself. I watched this again on Monday.
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