Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2013 screening: Houston Ballet: Breaking Boundaries

Photo by Amitava Sarkar

The 85-minute documentary chronicles the key themes of Houston Ballet's history: The early impact of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1930s and 1940s in inculcating a love of dance among Houstonians, the determination and perseverance of a handful of Houston's founding families during the 1960s and 1970s, the making of legendary ballet stars through color-blind casting in the 1980s and 1990s, diplomatic struggles and international incidents, and exposure to the world's best artistic talent.

The film will trace the directorships of each of Houston Ballet's five artistic directors since the company's founding in 1955, featuring photos and historical footage of the company's performances from the 1970s onward. It also will feature interviews with the four living artistic directors of Houston Ballet, dancers from the 1970s to the present, and board leaders and dance critics who have closely followed the company's development.

The director of the documentary is John Carrithers of Carrithers Studio, a Houston-based filmmaker who served as director of photography on several recent feature documentary projects, including Mothers At War, a film about women combat veterans; 38 Pieces, a documentary about the Byzantine Frescoes rescued by Dominique de Menil, directed by Susan and Francois de Menil; and Relocation Arkansas, a chronicle of Japanese Americans growing up in an internment camp in Arkansas during World War II.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


Admission is free.
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