Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impressario Boris Lermontov, his proteges realize the full promise of their talents, but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Under his near-obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontovs scorn when she falls in love with Julian Craster, composer of The Red Shoes, the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents. Vicky leaves the company and marries Craster, but still finds herself torn between Lermontovs demands and those of her heart.
In the hard world of the night, a single woman is trying to make ends meet performing live as an exotic dancer. Venus, her unusual name, seems to be the most appropriate one, for this gorgeous, slender, man-eater New Yorker, who like a true Goddess of Love, leaves men powerless before her with their wallets empty. However, there is another side of Venus. Sensitive and artistic, Venus is also an aspiring ballerina who practices the art of classical ballet and studies French. In this solitary life, an unexpected meeting with a handsome and accomplished Australian photographer will have her dreaming of a new life away from everything, craving to start fresh. Right from the start, Brian, responds to Venus call and before long, the two will make a couple. But as time moves on, minute and insignificant changes in Brians attitude will gradually give way to indifference, exhaustion and ultimately stagnation in their relationship. Betrayed and vulnerable, torn from the ever-growing ...
Ballet 422 is a record of the creative process of a young choreographer Justin Peck, just 26 years old, hired to create a new ballet for the winter season of the New York City Ballet in 2013. The New York City Ballet is considered one of the best companies in the world. Since 1990 he is led by Peter Martins, his Ballet Master in Chief. The documentary describes the intense backstage work that takes place during the process of creating and learning this new ballet: Paz de la Jolla. It shows Peck working with his fellow dancers (Justin Peck is also a soloist at NYCB!), with musicians, lighting technicians, and costume designers in the composition of a new work, his third creation for the NYCB. It is the first time the New York City Ballet is exposed during the creation of a new a ballet.
Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.