Rise, Featuring Marion Barbeau and Hofesh Shechter
Rise, a French feature-length film starring Paris Opéra Ballet dancer Marion Barbeau and Israeli-born, UK-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter, follows 26-year-old ballet dancer Elise Gautier, who suffers a devastating fall onstage during La Bayadère after witnessing her boyfriend kissing another dancer in the wings. Gautier, played by Barbeau, takes time off to recover while working at an artist’s retreat in Brittany, where Shechter (who is portraying himself) and his company of contemporary dancers are in residence. Rise shows Gautier’s journey of discovering the freedom of contemporary dance, falling in love, and finding mental and physical healing. Released in France last year and available in select U.S. theaters June 2, Rise is directed by Cédric Klapisch, with featured choreography by Shechter.