The Black Swan

October 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve long been an admirer of the Ballet, although at a distance. Is it that as a young child the dentist said I could be a ballet dancer because I have a double-jointed thumb, or is it something to do with the fantastic Leroy (the late Gene Anthony Ray) from Fame, the TV show, or the way the story of  Russian Ballet star Nijinsky always captivated me ? I dont know, however I’m eagerly awaiting the release of The Black Swan, a movie about rivalry among the leading ladies in the New York City Ballet company. Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey, the story centres around Portman who gets her chance to play the leading role in Swan Lake, but is threatened to be eclipsed by a newcomer played by Mila Kunis.

I read Dancing on My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland, a dancer with the NYC Ballet under George Balanchine once and it’s a shocking true story of her battles with low self-esteem, drugs, men. She has a very revealing tale to tell about her relationship with Mikhail Baryshnikov, which is so unpleasant it would make you feel for her sanity.

Vincent Cassel on The Black Swan

The Black Swan Synopsis

Gelsey Kirkland

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