For her latest film, Irish director Leonn Ward wanted to push the conventional ballet film outside of its comfort zone. Featuring Precious Adams, a rising star of the English National Ballet, Ward’s dynamic portrait of the young First Artist presents a youthful take on the rule-bound etiquette of ballet. Rich in color, the film empowers Adams to tell her own story through dress and movement, while deploying dance in unconventional scenes and spaces.
“I want to push this as far as I can. I see Precious’ look to be rich in color, moving seamlessly with her body. Something that really pops,” explains Ward. “I wanted to give the film a whole new youthful energy that is not only cool, but tells Precious’ incredible story.” While ballet films are typically set inside, Ward chose to relocate to London’s great outdoors, creating an immediately cinematic impact, and near infinite space in which Adams could perform.
English National Ballet’s production of Swan Lake will be in Liverpool Empire November 21-24 2018, The Bristol Hippodrome November 27 – December 1 2018, and London Coliseum January 3-13, 2019.