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Gene Kelly's glamorous love letter to ballet

Author: Opus Arte

Winner of 2022 Best Dance Film Award at the National Dance Awards, with choreography inspired by much- adored Hollywood icon Gene Kelly.

  • Starstruck | Copyright: © Gavin Smart

    Starstruck © Gavin Smart

  • Starstruck | Copyright: © Gavin Smart

    Starstruck © Gavin Smart

Inspired by Gene Kelly’s iconic work in Hollywood, Starstruck, winner of the 2022 Best Dance Film Award at the National Dance Awards, brings an immersive, theatrical experience, in which audiences around the world can escape with us to the glamour and grace of 1960s Paris. One of the first choreographers to bring the ‘American style’ to Europe, legendary Gene Kelly was invited to create an original work for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1960. His jazzy, joyful Pas de Dieux was highly acclaimed at the time as ‘a breath of fresh air’ but has been rarely performed since. It has now been given a new set of wings for its life on stage and screen.

In collaboration with Kelly’s widow, Patricia Ward Kelly, Scottish Ballet’s CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson and designer Lez Brotherston (The Snow Queen, The Secret Theatre) have lovingly revived the original ballet and added a delightful new twist. You’ll be transported into the world where jazz meets ballet, and the stars align. Combining live performance capture with cinematic filming techniques and additional elements not seen in the stage production, Starstruck is directed for screen by Oscar Sansom (Dive) and produced in partnership with Forest of Black (The Secret Theatre).

Gene Kelly’s pioneering choreography and much-loved style influenced a generation of directors and dance-makers in Hollywood, Broadway and beyond, and we honour his creative legacy with this playful new film.

Set to Gershwin’s effortlessly cool Concerto in F, with extracts from Chopin, Starstruck is the evening of entertainment you’ve been longing for

Genre ballet
Choreography by Gene Kelly and Christopher Hampson
Executive Producer Patricia Ward Kelly
Director Oscar Sansom
Assoc. Prod. Company Forest of Black
Duration 71 minutes
Audio format LPCM 2.0 + DTS Digital Surround (DVD) / LPCM 2.0 + DTS-HD Master Audio Surround (Bluray)
Distribution homevideo / DVD Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd

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