'Ballet 422' shows the creative process on a tight deadline

February 13, 2015 1:05 PM

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"Ballet 422" is a documentary as focused and no-frills as its title would indicate. An intimate and unusual behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a ballet, it may sound rarefied but has enough moments of truth and beauty to engage general audiences.

That act of creation takes place at the New York City Ballet, once the domain of influential choreographer George Balanchine and still considered one of the high temples of serious dance in this country.

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