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Today I went to the first French screening of the movie Rain, which took place at 21.00h at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

On the 25th of May 2011, Paris Opera Ballet presented for the first time a coreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Rain.

The movie directors Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes have followed the rehearsals of the company, from the auditions to the première. The documentary focuses on the way  De Keersmaeker and the dancers of Rosas try to communicate the vocabulary of  contemporary gestures and movements to these classical trained ballet dancers.

They will eventually overcome the ballet rigidity and understand another form of rigour required by the plot of Rain, which develops at the mathematical pulse of a metronome, but which still contains an important emotional dimension.

A sober documentary on the work of an exceptional ballet company, with some funny excursions on the every day life at the barre.

The projection was followed by a discussion between the audience, Anne Teresa, the movie directors Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes and one of the main characters, the dancer Jakub Truszkowski. I must confess I was glad to find many of the ballet dancers who appeared in the movie being part of the audience and participating actively at the final debate. It was such a pleasant experience.

A short trailer can be found here.


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