6.2/10
1,041
14 user 37 critic

Ballet 422 (2014)

Trailer
2:05 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work.

Director:

Jody Lee Lipes
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Ballet Now (2018)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Featuring New York City Ballet's Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck - the first ever woman to be asked to curate The Music Center's famed BalletNOW program - and a diverse cast of world-class ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Cantor
Stars: Isabella Boylston, Zachary Catazaro, Preston Chamblee
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Director: Bess Kargman
Stars: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.

Director: Nelson George
Stars: Misty Copeland, Deirdre Kelly, Susan Fales-Hill
Dancer II (2016)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend.

Director: Steven Cantor
Stars: Jade Hale-Christofi, David LaChapelle, Sergei Polunin
Breaking Pointe (TV Series 2012)
Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Series goes behind the stage curtain for an intense, unfiltered look at one of the most competitive ballet companies in the country, Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beneath the beauty... See full summary »

Stars: Allison DeBona, Madeleine Gardella, Adam Bloodgood
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Documentary on the great American Ballerina Wendy Whelan

Directors: Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger
Stars: Peter Martins, Wendy Whelan
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Tiler Peck ... Herself
Sterling Hyltin Sterling Hyltin ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Justin Peck ... Himself, Choreographer
Amar Ramasar Amar Ramasar
Edit

Storyline

Ballet 422 is a record of the creative process of a young choreographer Justin Peck, just 26 years old, hired to create a new ballet for the winter season of the New York City Ballet in 2013. The New York City Ballet is considered one of the best companies in the world. Since 1990 he is led by Peter Martins, his Ballet Master in Chief. The documentary describes the intense backstage work that takes place during the process of creating and learning this new ballet: "Paz de la Jolla". It shows Peck working with his fellow dancers (Justin Peck is also a soloist at NYCB!), with musicians, lighting technicians, and costume designers in the composition of a new work, his third creation for the NYCB. It is the first time the New York City Ballet is exposed during the creation of a new a ballet. Written by bobbuckingham

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief language
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Балет 422 See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,653, 8 February 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$332,843, 10 May 2015
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Despite having the same last name and similar coloring, Justin and Tiler Peck are not related. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Incompetent production
21 May 2016 | by john_meyerSee all my reviews

Great dancers deserve to be filmed by a competent director and crew. Unfortunately, this did not happen in "Ballet 422."

I have had the good fortune to have seen hundreds of live performances; have watched hundreds more on TV, laserdiscs, and DVD; and have myself filmed over a hundred ballet performances. I therefore know a little about both the art of ballet, and the techniques for recording it.

(P.S., I am also married to a ballet dancer.)

What I have found over the past forty years is that there are no right ways to film a ballet, or a documentary about ballet, but there sure are a lot of wrong ways.

This film seems to be an exercise in finding every possible wrong way to photograph dancers. Here are some examples:

* The camera person seems to have an aversion to feet. Virtually every shot cuts off the dancers' feet and lower torsos, and by tilting the camera to far upwards, gives us vast, pointless shots of the ceiling.

* I don't think I have ever seen an extended dancing scene in which the dancer is shown out of frame, with her arms occasionally appearing in the shot, only to disappear again. I am all for artistic shots, but if you're going to take a chance at doing something different, MAKE IT WORK!! This was just stupid and most definitely did not work.

* Whoever edited this has no sense of continuity. They also don't understand when to begin and end a shot. This movie could be used in an editing class to show exactly what NOT to do when editing.

* The lighting is awful. Yes, I know it is a documentary, and much of it is shot with available light. However, I also know that many of the shots required setup and WERE lit, or at least some attempt was made at lighting.

* The ending shots, where the movies should come together is a completely pointless series of juxtapositions that make absolutely no sense.

I don't think I have ever seen such an incompetent production, and this includes some high school films done by first-year students.

The only reason I give it three stars instead of one is that the solo dancing is absolutely wonderful (although the group dancing is pretty sloppy and lacks coordination).

So, if you do rent this, make sure you have a fast forward that works, and just watch the dancing and skip all the pointless and useless and incompetent footage that adds nothing but bloated, pointless time.

Jody Lee Lipes (the director and main camera person) should not ever again be allowed anywhere near a camera, not even the one in his cellphone.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed