My Mother Loved Dance (Ma Mère Adorait La Danse)
Follow retiring Paris Opera Ballet Director Brigitte Lefèvre behind the scenes with intimate glimpses into one of the world’s finest and oldest companies. With short films Bridge and Eclipse.
Co-presented by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in San Francisco / Alliance Française
(France, 2014) 65:00
Director: Thierry Teston
Choreographer: Brigitte Lefèvre
In French with English Subtitles
Saturday, October 10 | 7:30 pm
My Mother Loved Dance is a portrait of Brigitte Lefèvre, who was the director of the Paris Opera Ballet for more than 20 years. During her last year in office, filmmaker Thierry Teston followed her, from Paris to Tokyo, behind the scenes of a lifetime, and those of one of the world’s finest and oldest companies. As she floats among luminary choreographers and breathtaking dancers, Lefèvre manages her demanding role like a motherly sylph. We witness delicate interactions never seen by the public which illustrate with unusual frankness and clarity how the world (and not just the dance world) really runs. This beautifully crafted documentary treats the subject with an intimacy and elegance that will be fascinating to anyone who aspires to lead a company of any kind.
Producer La Belle Télé
Bridge(Russia, 2015) 5:12
Director: Nikita Dmitrievsky
Choreographer: Nikita Dmitrievsky On a constantly flowing walkway, a couple searches for a lasting connection as they are moved by the richly layered music of Philip Glass.
Eclipse(Canada, 2013) 4:00
Director: Linda Arkelian & David Cooper
Choreographer: Linda Arkelian
More Info A short dance film experimenting with light and movement using the theme of light eclipsing a dancer’s body.