Dancing for Mr.B.: Six Balanchine Ballerinas

Institute History

  • 1990 Sundance Film Festival


Anne Belle and Deborah Dickson deliver a lively and gracious portrait of one of the most inspiring choreographers of our time, the late George Balanchine. With reverence and poise, six of Balanchine's most celebrated dancers affectionately describe the man who mesmerized them with his technique and control. Dancing for Mr. B. chronicles the life or Balanchine from the time when he became the mastermind behind the New York City Ballet, to his death in 1983. Among the six dancers, a span of forty years is covered. Each one speaks of the period in Balanchine's career when he had the most influence over her, thus together creating a lifetime composite. What emerges is a picture of a man who loved his dancers as he did his art. However, as much as the film is about Balanchine, it's also about the women who feel incredibly privileged to have been shaped by him.

The incorporated archival footage of some of Balanchine's triumphant ballets commands the screen. Beautiful, kinetic, and inspiring, the footage is a breath of life from Balanchine himself. Filmmakers Belle and Dickson have fashioned a jubilant eulogy to the man New York City's finest ballerinas called Mr. B.

Sunday, January 21 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema II

Wednesday, January 24 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema I

Friday, January 26 10:30 a.m.
Holiday Village Cinema I

Saturday, January 27 1:00 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema III


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