Sofia Coppola has released a brand new black-and-white short film in collaboration with New York Ballet.
The film, which features the music of Frédéric Chopin, Igor Stravinsky and Johannes Brahms, was sees Coppola again team up with her close collaborator cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd, who help shoot the project.
“The challenge for me was to convey the feeling of seeing live dance,” Coppola told The New York Times. “A lot of dance is filmed in a very flat, standard way. But getting close up, which is thrilling in rehearsal, doesn’t always translate onto film either. I had to move the camera much more than I am used to, and try to give the feel of experiencing a live performance from different vantage points.”
Initially planned to be shot in colour, the film includes choreography the iconic dancer Jerome Robbins, and shot on location at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York.
“I wanted the end to be a celebration and a coming back to life, and hoped I could switch to colour without it being too corny,” she added. “I love the contrast between the rehearsals and backstage, then tutus and lights; it’s like a fantasy of what ballet is when you’re a little kid. Also the pale blues and yellows of the ‘Divertimento’ costumes are so pretty, like spring colours coming to life,” Coppola said.
Watch Coppola’s short film below, which starts just before the six-minute mark.