Directed byFrederick Wiseman
Produced byFrederick Wiseman
StarringJulio Bocca
Alessandra Ferri
Susan Jaffe
Amanda McKerrow
CinematographyJohn Davey
Edited byFrederick Wiseman
Distributed byZipporah Films[1]
Release date
  • March 22, 1995 (1995-03-22)
Running time
170 minutes
CountryUnited States

Ballet is a 1995 American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman. It portrays rehearsals, choreography, performances, business transactions, and other day-to-day life of the American Ballet Theatre. Much of the footage dates from the 1992 season. It also includes scenes from the company's European tour, namely in Greece and Copenhagen.

Appearances are made by Susan Jaffe, Julie Kent, Julio Bocca, Angel Corella, Amanda McKerrow, Alessandra Ferri and others. Various ballet masters and choreographers also appear, including Kevin McKenzie, ABT's artistic director, Ulysses Dove, Irina Kolpakova, Natalia Makarova and Agnes de Mille. Business transactions by then-director Jane Hermann are also included.

The film is currently released to the public by Wiseman's distribution company, Zipporah Films


  1. ^ James, Caryn (1995-03-22). "FILM REVIEW: BALLET; On the Heels of a Ballet Troupe, Through Drudgery to Glory". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-05.