JR and Misty: Dance Movies at Tribeca Film Festival

Screen capture from Les Bosquets

Les Bosquets

Last year, French visual artist JR participated in the creation of Les Bosquets, an original piece for New York City Ballet. Now, the artist has announced he will premiere a film based on the ballet at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival. Les Bosquets is named for a housing project outside Paris, one of the poverty-stricken areas affected by riots in 2005. According to JR’s website, “The film brings the audience [to] a place where art, social uproar and the power of image interweave.” The 17-minute film will feature Lil Buck, Lauren Lovette and members of Paris Opéra Ballet, with music by pop star and producer Pharrell Williams, French musician Woodkid and famed movie composer Hans Zimmer.

Screen capture from A Ballerina's Tale

A Ballerina’s Tale

Also premiering at the 2015 festival is a much anticipated documentary on Misty CopelandA Ballerina’s Tale. Directed by Brooklyn-born writer and filmmaker Nelson George, this full-length film documents Copeland’s rise to stardom while investigating the challenges of being a black woman in the ballet world. It also promises exclusive performance footage. Check out the somewhat dizzying trailer here:


And finally, don’t miss the first feature film by Celia Rowlson-Hall. The former Monica Bill Barnes and Faye Driscoll dancer wrote, directed and stars in Ma, described as a modern retelling of “Mother Mary’s pilgrimage,” set in the American Southwest.

Visit tribecafilm.com for more info.

Betty Jones in The Moor's Pavane, shot for Dance Magazine's "Dancers You Should Know" series in 1955. Zachary Freyman, Courtesy Jacob's Pillow

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Betty May Jones was born on June 11, 1926 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and moved with her family to the Albany, New York, area, where she began taking dance classes. Just after she turned 15 in 1941, she began serious ballet study at Jacob's Pillow, which was under the direction of Anton Dolin and Alicia Markova for the season. Over the next three summers as a scholarship student, Jones expanded her range and became an integral part of Jacob's Pillow. Among her duties was working in the kitchen, where her speedy efficiency earned her the nickname of "Lightning."

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