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Ballet Adagio

Canada, 1972 (MIFF 1973)

Director: Norman McLaren

After the brilliant cinematic experiment of Pas de Deux, Norman McLaren once again films dancers - this time slowing down their movements to a quarter of their speed in reality. The original choreography of the ballet to Rachmaninoff's music "Spring Waters" was rearranged by David Holmes, and, to suit the mood of he film, the music was replaced by Albinoni's Adagio.

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