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The Dancer
The Dancer
Actors: Erland Josephson, Katja Bjorner, Anneli Alhanko
Director: Donya Feuer
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
UR     2005     1hr 36min

Donya Feuer's The Dancer follows the young and gifted student Katja Bjorner through years of intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, as she develops into an international ballet star. Filmed with an eye towa...  more »


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Actors: Erland Josephson, Katja Bjorner, Anneli Alhanko
Director: Donya Feuer
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Dance, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/24/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Swedish

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Movie Reviews

A Rare And Magnificent Look Into The Royal Swedish Ballet Sc
J. M WILINSKY | teaneck, NJ United States | 10/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like ballet documentaries then this one should be in your collection. We do not often get to learn much of what goes on in the Northern European Ballet Community, which has made very important contributions to the ballet tradition, so this is all the more welcome. It is an intimate behind the scenes look into the Royal Swedish Ballet and its school. We are shown the daily routines of the dancers in training, both female and male. Mostly, we follow the daily routine of Katja Bjoerner, a young lady who is one of Sweden's hopes for a prima ballerina. There are many classroom scenes with group and private instruction at the professional level, both barre and center, as well as stage rehearsals. Some of the dialogue is in Swedish with English subtitles, but a lot of English is spoken also. Katja speaks perfect English. For more on the Royal Swedish Ballet see my review of their Swan Lake."
Andromeda | Chicago | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This artistically produced DVD was a joy to watch. Closeups of the dancer's feet and her perspiring face drove home the dedication of this young dancer. For anyone who thinks ballet is easy or something to be taken lightly, this will change your mind and make you see the beauty that is possible with dedication and hard work. I especially enjoyed how the dancers were corrected, as when the teacher told the dancer to go more to second position with her working leg before turning her foot back to arabesque. This type of attention to detail makes all the difference in dance training and this is packaged beautiful into an entertaining picture to view."
A Definite Buy for Dancers
C. M. Day | 08/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Though I am not a dancer, I love anything having to do with ballet. I discovered this little film many years ago and rented it probably about 30 times from the video store. I recently purchased it on DVD and found that I still adore every moment of it. There is something compelling (as the narrator of the film also sees) about the dedication it takes young people to become professional dancers. This film brings to life the incredible hard work of dance students. Though there are snippets of certain performaces, what really draws you in are the rehearsals, warm-ups and stretching, for that is where the real meat of ballet lies. If you love dance, you'll love this film."
A Dancer's Life
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 02/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Katja Bjorner's dedication to ballet is revealed in a personal profile directed by Donya Feurer. Her tenacity is ever present during the vigorous training sessions where nothing less than perfection is acceptable.

Still, in this world of strict regimens, there is an undercurrent of elation as the dancers start to realize their dreams. The teachers express a warmth and patience that reveals they must truly believe in their student's ability to excel beyond expectation.

One of the highly intriguing aspects of this sensitive portrait is how the ballet shoes are created. While dance itself is portrayed with exquisite beauty, the life behind the scenes is captured with equal clarity. The Dancer reveals the life of a ballet student from every angle, except having a personal life or friends outside of class seems completely absent.

The dedication it takes to reach the desired level of perfection sweeps everything aside in favor of an art form that brings breathless beauty to the stage.

~The Rebecca Review