Last Dance

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Released 2002

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Director:
Bruce Beresford
Released:
2002
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Last Dance is a 2002 documentary directed by Mirra Bank. The documentary chronicles the difficult collaboration between the avante garde and iconoclastic dance company Pilobolus and the famous children's author-illustrator Maurice Sendak as they try to create a theatre piece based on the holocaust and its haunting legacy. The dance company spends months improving in the studio and working with Sendak to create their vision together. The documentary includes behind the scenes rehearsal footage as well as interviews, rare footage from the holocaust, and performance footage, all of which brings the viewer closer and closer into the revelation of the creative process. The interviews include Arthur Yorinks, Robby Barnett, Michael Tracy and Jonathan Wolken. While Senak and the dance troupe argue and fight over the aesthetics of the play the end result is a fascinating and revelatory look into the mindset of creativity and the play itself became a powerful rendering of Sendak's vision.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    One of the thrills of the movie is watching the improvisatory trial-and-error process as the dancers explore psychological themes, contorting their graceful, amazingly limber bodie...

  • 75

    Philadelphia Inquirer Carrie Rickey

    It's a rare window on an artistic collaboration.

  • 63

    Boston Globe

    Rehearsals are frequently more fascinating than the results. Last Dance, whatever its flaws, fulfills one facet of its mission in making me want to find out whether, in this case, ...

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    Arts, Documentary, Drama

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    Miscellaneous, Dance