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Black Swan DVD Give Away

The much talked about Academy Award winning Black Swan film is coming to DVD! DancePulp interviewees and New York City Ballet principals Wendy Whelan (The Daily Beast article) and Ashley Bouder (Huffington Post article) have weighed in on the movie and it’s been of much discussion within the dance community. DancePulp guest bloggers The Ballet Bag also have extensive coverage of it. One of our sponsor’s and also a DancePulp interviewee, Yumiko Takeshima, collaborated on the Black Swan costumes and attended the premiere in NYC. It’s a beautiful film and has put ballet in the mainstream public, which we believe is good for dance, despite conflicting views on it’s message and accuracy within the dance community.

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photo © Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Starring Natalie Portman in her Academy Award® winning role, Black Swan is a seductive yet haunting film that will leave you breathless. Directed by innovator Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), this Best Picture nominated film boasts a wealth of talent including Portman (Closer), in the performance of her career, as well as Mila Kunis (Date Night), Winona Ryder (Girl, Interrupted) and Vincent Cassel (Ocean’s Twelve). In the film that Daily Variety hailed as “…wicked, sexy and ultimately devastating… fascinating,” Natalie Portman’s mesmerizing transformation into the Black Swan leaves you breathless – and wanting to see it again.

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photo © Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in the New York City Ballet trying to make it to the top. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), also impresses Leroy and becomes Nina’s competition. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly with her innocence and grace, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan with her fiery personality. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Black Swan Trailer

Black Swan Photo Gallery


Give away made possible by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Enter to win your own copy of Black Swan on DVD by simply joining our email newsletter or answering the following 
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What would you like to see more of on DancePulp? Feel free to give input on the videos and/or blog.

TWO lucky people who opted to receive our newsletter after March 21st or offered helpful comments will be chosen on April 1st. DVD winners will be contacted via email. You have until midnight March 31st to join or comment. Thank you for your participation! We appreciate your feedback.

Congratulations to Tara Puckey and David Danner Natalie Berg! They are the DVD winners. Thank you to each and every one of you who gave us your thoughts or joined our e-newsletter. We appreciate it.

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Post by Drew Jacoby

Drew Jacoby, contemporary ballerina, has worked with Alonzo King, Complexions, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, Sylvie Guillem, Desmond Richardson, Lightfoot Leon, Mia Michaels, Dutch National Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, and Christopher Wheeldon. She is the founder of DancePulp. She joined Nederlands Dans Theater 1 in August 2012.

Comments (16)

  1. K Minh March 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I would like to see more new choreography in progress. I am definitely not looking for ‘hows’ and ‘meanings’ behind new work… just the work itself. I have always enjoyed watching the process and from backstage more than from the audience. Thanks.

  2. P Cheng March 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I love hearing how dancers use non-dance inspiration to feed their work-books, art, theatre, food, family, whatever it may be. I also love seeing how dancers and choreographers collaborate (for instance, like much of the F Wiseman documentary on POB): how a new work comes together, or how older works are passed on to new dancers. I’d also love to see more young up-and-comers talk about the challenges of building their careers.

  3. Rachel March 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Though the focus of DancePulp is the professional world, I think it would be beneficial and interesting for viewers to see more footage from the final transitions of student to professional. I find the varying routes to company life to be interesting, whether it be the experiences of trainee/apprentice programs, university settings, or pre-professional programs.

  4. Maria Malaveci March 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I am a new follower, and I am receiving your newsletter. So happy I found you. I love Dance..!

  5. lauren March 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    i would love to see more info about auditions and events for dancers to attend in different cities.

  6. Christine March 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm


    I am very happy to find that a website like this exists for dance artists! I would love to hear more about current progressive ideas in contemporary ballet work
    and advice about apprenticeships. Thanks!

    • Drew Jacoby March 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Christine, thanks for your input! What sort of specific advice about apprenticeships would you like…. would you like to know about companies with apprenticeship programs or something else? Hope we can provide you with valuable resources. We have some contemporary choreographers’ videos coming out that will give you an isight to their ideas and inspiration. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Tara March 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I think it might be interesting to point out how dancers can brand and market themselves. Obviously having the skills, talent and training are important, but in the current world of technology and job crunches, there should be some more advice out there about how to make sure you’re noted all in one place.

  8. Charity S March 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I would love to see confidence boosting ideas for dancers. However, it’s already a wonderful site.