Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

A Ballerina's Tale

2015, Nelson George, USA, 85 min. With Misty Copeland.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 2nd 2:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 2nd 4:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 3rd 5:15pm
  • Mon, Jan 4th 8:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 5th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 6th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 7th 8:00pm
Back by popular demand!

"Must-see ... Inspirational doesn't begin to describe it." – David Fricke, Rolling Stone

"A moving portrait of Copeland that underscores her triumphs over bodily and historical limitations." – Amy Brady, Village Voice

“Where are all the Black Swans?” asked a New York Times article in 2007. Ballet is one of the last bastions of white supremacy, and its Jackie Robinson is the immensely talented Misty Copeland. Director George, a noted cultural critic (“Hip Hop America”) as well as an award-winning filmmaker (LIFE SUPPORT), combines context with closeness in this engrossing documentary portrait. The film traces the history and causes of ballet’s overwhelming whiteness while following Misty’s far-from-smooth progress from underprivileged childhood, late start as a novice dancer, and struggles with isolation and eating disorder, as she rises through the ranks of the American Ballet Theatre in a bid to become its first African American principal dancer. A particular milestone is her 2012 triumph in “The Firebird,” but an injury suffered during that performance puts her future in doubt as she faces a grueling and uncertain path to recovery. DCP digital. (MR)

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