La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrederick Wiseman
Release dates
  • 11 September 2009 (2009-09-11) (Venice)
  • 7 October 2009 (2009-10-07) (France)
Running time
159 minutes

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet (French: La danse - Le ballet de l'Opéra de Paris) is a 2009 French documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman. Besides aiming to reveal "how the company functions as an organic whole",[1] the film follows the production of seven ballets by the Paris Opera Ballet. The ballets featured are:

The film proceeds without commentary,[3] and there are no voiceovers.[4]

Dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet who appear in the film include the étoiles Kader Belarbi, Jérémie Bélingard, Émilie Cozette, Aurélie Dupont, Mathieu Ganio, Dorothée Gilbert, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Manuel Legris, Nicolas Le Riche, Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Hervé Moreau, Delphine Moussin, Clairemarie Osta, Benjamin Pech, Laetitia Pujol and Wilfried Romoli,[5] and the premiers danseurs Yann Bridard, Stéphane Bullion, Isabelle Ciaravola, Nolwenn Daniel, Christophe Duquenne, Eve Grinsztajn, Mathias Heymann, Mélanie Hurel, Myriam Ould-Braham, Karl Paquette, Stéphane Phavorin, Stéphanie Romberg, Emmanuel Thibault and Muriel Zusperreguy.[6]


  1. ^ Soda DVD La Danse, SODA102 (text on the back of the DVD box)
  2. ^ "Ballets in rehearsal and performance." Credits list, Soda DVD La Danse, SODA102 (between 02:29:28 and 02:30:57)
  3. ^ "La Danse" in The Age, Friday 22 October 2010 (accessed 19 January 2012)
  4. ^ "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet" in The Guardian, Thursday 22 April 2010 (accessed 19 January 2012)
  5. ^ Credits list, Soda DVD La Danse, SODA102 (at 02:28:22)
  6. ^ Credits list, Soda DVD La Danse, SODA102 (at 02:28:31)