The Making of a Dream (2017)
Opis: THE MAKING OF A DREAM by Daniela AmbrosoliSummary
'The Making of a Dream' is a cinematic essay on ballet and the stories of the dancers about themselves. The documentary filmmaker Daniela Ambrosoli deals with her lifelong passion for dance, music and theatre. It shows the lacking path of ambitious young dancers from the first childish step in an amateur dance school to the career as a principal dancer in one of the few very big ballet companies. The crew filmed in the leading ballet schools and companies in Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Milan and Rome, the USA, New York and Boston. For an insight into daily training, talk with famous protagonists such as the legendary dancer Luciana Savignano or the one-time Swiss leading dancer and today's actress Sabine Timoteo.
THE MAKING OF A DREAM
A film essay by Daniela Ambrosoli
About ballet and the stories of their protagonists about themselves.The Making of a Dream' is not her first film, but her most personal. The filmmaker Daniela Ambrosoli has condensed her lifelong passion for dance into a film about the microcosm of young people who give everything to become ballet stars. The one-hour documentary film accompanies them from the first childish steps to the limelight and to the last curtain, which the aging body often forces earlier than many are dear.On her research, Daniela Ambrosoli leads us to the most important dance academies in Europe and America. In New York, at the Boston Ballet, in Milan and Rome, she was shooting in the same way as in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and the Tanz Akademie of the Zurich Art University ZHdK.We take part in the dreams of the youngest, some of whom already understand the ballet as their vocation with four or five years of age. For example, John Lam, the Vietnamese boat refugee who came to a nursery school in San Francisco for the first dance lesson, and today is brilliant at the Boston Ballet as a principal dancer. And there is Sabine Timoteo, who tells her what the dance meant to her, and why she had to go on a run on the screen after two years with Ballet of te Deutshe Oper am Rhein, with Heinz Spoerli, in Duesseldorf. And there is also the lucky person Luciana Savignano in Milan, the later Prima Ballerina at the Scala and Grand Dame in Maurice Béjart's Company: "When my father brought me to the Scala, the teacher raised my leg ... higher and higher, almost I had the right body, that made everything much easier."They all, the little eleven, as well as the stars of the speechless stage art, come to the floor at Daniela Ambrosoli and use their freedom of speech. They name their feelings and conquer the hearts with their stories, which can hardly be performed on a stage like this.Seven to eight hours a day, the eleven train during their eight-year training period, almost as if ballet were a sport. The way to the art of the point work leads through press-ups, sweat and tears. What tears? Once on the stage they seem to forget instantly. John Lam: "My parents gave everything to get out of Vietnam. What I gave to become a dancer is very little in comparison."Many, like Lam, come from the simplest family backgrounds from somewhere at the end of the world, but without the necessary money for one of the leading schools, no way leads to the company of a larger stage. As a viewer, we have an insight into a tense community of teenagers who build their own, deprived lives, away from their parents in one of the world's big cities. We take part in their great longing: their self-confidence, their hope and their homesickness after a childhood too soon lost - along with the desperation of one's own limitations: "I'm Nobody ...", one wrote on his locker: Nobody is perfect, so I am perfect.""You look in the mirror and see what is in you that you can develop," says John Lam, adding, "I was very happy, I was a kind of star, but at what price." Sabine Timoteo tells of this other side of the coin: "I lived my dream and had to realize it was just a dream." - John Lam, who ultimately confirms the film's lead figure and light, "My life was dance, dance and dance. I danced because I wanted to be the best dancer in the world ... until I discovered there was a life after that Live with my husband John Ruggieri and our two kids here in Boston"
Daniela Ambrosoli, Swiss Italian, is associated with dance from birth. Her mother, the German Sonja Bragowa, danced in the twenties in Düsseldorf under the legendary choreographer Mary Wigman. Later Daniela accompanied her daughter through all steps of a ballet career: first as a small ice princess at the Losone's ice rink 'Siberia', then to the leading schools in Zurich, Hamburg and Toronto - until a back injury ended the dream prematurely. Daniela Ambrosoli has retained her passion for dance to this day. She founded and runs in Switzerland one of the world's few foundations to support the training of young dancers all over the world. The Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation, Zürich 1990, is well known and acclaimed everywhere.Cinematographic works: cinema documentary "HN-Hermann Nitsch" (2009), about the famous Austrian artist, Hermann Nitsch, founder of the Viennese Actionism, and his Orgien-Mysterien-Theater as well as collaborations for several documentary films for RSI (The Radiotelevisione della Svizzera italiana).Markus Maeder
Swiss writer, journalist and publicist