The Company

Synopsis: An inside look at the world of ballet. With the complete cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Altman follows the stories of the dancers, whose professional and personal lives grow impossibly close, as they cope with the demands of a life in the ballet. Campbell plays a gifted but conflicted company member on the verge of becoming a principal dancer at a fictional Chicago troupe, with McDowell the company's co-founder and artistic director, considered one of America's most exciting choreographers. Franco plays Campbell's boyfriend and one of the few characters not involved in the world of dance.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Robert Altman
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

We would like to remind you

that the taking of photographs...

is prohibited and is hazardous

to the performers.

Please turn off all cell phones

and pagers. Enjoy the performance.

The soap opera is when I asked him

onstage if he's been dating her...

and he's like,

Shut up.

- Get out of here.

- No, I'm serious.

It's too much drama.

- More than what it's worth.

- I know. He was pissed.

- Yeah I know, it's true.

- We'll see you in class.

I heard she said, 'So how long

you been fucking her? '

- We need to talk.

- Ry? Don't be ridiculous.

Good morning.

Who's teaching today?

- Mark.

- Mark!

- Mind if I share this with you?

- Yeah. Sure.

I wanted to talk to you about Ry.

I'm having some issues with her...

Could you just pair her up

with somebody else?

- Who are we talking about?

- Loretta Ryan, Ry.

- Oh, Ry.

- Yes.

- Things aren't going smooth and...

- I thought you two...

Leave that part out of it

and stick with the dancing.

You'd like to sit in this chair?

You could run the company.

I'll stick with the dancing.

- Who's next, Cammie?

- We have...

There's no announcements,

so let's start with plies.

Left hand on the barre,

second position.

Ready, Paul? And...


A one...


Drop the chin.

Take the head...

1, 2, 3,

grand plie.

That's my spot.


Stretching to the bar...

Would you mind standing

over there. Thank you.

Forward, one...

Up to go back...

And demi...

Tondue, close arms and

legs together.

Good. A one, two...

Drop the chin...

And drop your tailbone.


And stretch to the bar.


Do you know how long we have waited

for a Lar Lubovitch ballet?

I'm glad to hear that.

Thank you.

- Mr. A is very grateful to you.

- I'm grateful to be here.

Please say hello for me.

I'll see him later.

Good morning. Is Alec here?

Alec have you warmed up?

You're warm enough

for lifting?


Then let's start from the first

lift after the solo, Maia.

We'll get back to it

after Alec is gone.

Let's see what you've got and

then we'll just work on...

A little further over from center.

Paul if you'll play the two little...

I believe that's marked in

the score. Ready?

- And let's stop.

- I didn't let you get very far.

You're overworking that position.

More subtle, not so high in the knees.

A little bit more hung.

Mostly along the shoulders.

Not so much in the face. It's

beautifully expressive in the face.

But let's make it work in

the body first, okay?

Once more.


And up.

And stop please.

Are you working injured?

I have a neck spasm.

You shouldn't work injured.

Why don't you mark in the back.

Rest a little bit. We'll

pick this up tomorrow.

- It should be fine.

- I have to ask you your name.

- Ry.

- Ry.

- Domingo.

- Domingo.

- Is Ry short for something?

- Ryan.

Nice name.

Have you been watching this?

- So you kind of know it?

- Yeah.

Well, let's see what you've got.

Domingo and Ryan.

Same process, with music just

before the lift. Let's see.

And up. Up one piece.

Good, Domingo.

Melt. Music.

Lift, contretemps...

Swing, up and down...

Let's stop there. Good.

You have been watching.

How much we respect you as an

artist and senior dancer...

but we wanted to talk with

you today about class.

We'd like you to be an example

the new dancers.

And usually you are.

But if you change combinations

they think they can change too.

But I only change the

combinations at the barre.

- They look everything you do...

- But I'm 43 years old...

and when it comes to rehearsal

I do what I'm told to do.

- You could come in early...

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