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William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (2009)

On a cold night in Milwaukee high art meets pop culture as award winning choreographer Margo Sappington (OH! CALCUTTA!, BILLBOARDS) premieres her latest ballet, "Common People", set to the ... See full summary »

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Patrick Buckley, Bobby Ciraldo (co-director) | 2 more credits »

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Margo Sappington (ballet concept)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Shatner
Ben Folds
Margo Sappington Margo Sappington
Henry Rollins
Michael Pink Michael Pink
Elizabeth Shatner Elizabeth Shatner
Marc Petrocci Marc Petrocci ... Dancer
Susan Gartell Susan Gartell ... Dancer
Jeanette Marie Hanley Jeanette Marie Hanley ... Dancer
Jacqueline Moscicke Jacqueline Moscicke ... Dancer
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On a cold night in Milwaukee high art meets pop culture as award winning choreographer Margo Sappington (OH! CALCUTTA!, BILLBOARDS) premieres her latest ballet, "Common People", set to the music of William Shatner and Ben Folds from their album, Has Been. GONZO BALLET explores the genesis of this unique artistic collaboration by fusing the music, poetry, and dance of "Common People" with interviews of the creators, dancers, and audience members. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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William Shatner attended the world premiere of the ballet and met with the dancers after the performance. See more »

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Henry Rollins: Talk about ahead of the curve - it's like the world has finally caught up with William Shatner. Turns out he's been laughing the whole time.
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Shatner Scores!
9 October 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

William Shatner involved in Ballet? What could that mean? When I first saw the title of this film, I immediately flashed to his Transformed Man album, which I actually knew little about, but considered a so-pathetic-it's-comedic specimen.

But something made me watch this film and I am very glad I did.

It took me a while to gain my bearings in the early part of this film. Was it a documentary or a performance piece? Exactly how did it relate to Shatner? But before long, all became clear. It starts with words by Shatner. He performs them to music created by (genius) Ben Folds and performed by Ben and some talented friends. Then Margo Sappington choreographs dances to these pieces.

The result is very entertaining, very thought provoking, and downright funny--in a good way. This is one of the best cinematic surprises in a long time. As the movie unfolded, I found each piece to be more entertaining than the last. By the end, I had numerous occasions to smile and quite a few laughs. Watching this film made me feel good.

And now I know more about how Transformed Man went so wrong. And I can respect Shatner as a performer. I need to get the album.


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