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The National Ballet of Canada

February 7, 2016

Being and Nothingness

A dance film featuring National Ballet of Canada prima ballerina Greta Hodgkinson in a solo work that reflects 20th century French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy, has been released this month.

Being and Nothingness, choreographed by Guillaume Côté in the fall of 2013, is a delicate, fluid and angst-ridden work accompanied by American composer Philip Glass’s repetitive Metamorphosis four. Tiny vignettes address the struggles of everyday life and what it means to be alive.

Côté, who was approached by Hodgkinson to create a solo while he was reading Sartre’s masterpiece, Being and Nothingness, explains, “There was this idea of creating an image of ourselves, an ideal of what we should be and no longer living in the moment but rather somewhere between what we’ve done in our past and what we’re striving for in our future.”

Directed by filmmaker Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla and funded by a Kickstarter campaign, the eight-minute dance was filmed by Anymotion Productions on location at L’Abbaye d’Oka in Quebec as part of a project to show that dance can transcend the limitation of the stage and be available to everyone.

You can view a clip of the dance online at:

The video will also be available for download at, a United Kingdom-based company that has been described as the “Netflix of ballet” with its collection of digital dance experiences.


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