Why ‘Center Stage’ Is as Much a ‘Love Letter’ to New York City as It Is to Dance

by Jeremy Spirogis
Center Stage

2020 means loads of issues to lots of people, however one tiny brilliant gentle amongst all of the nonsense is the 20-year anniversary of Center Stage. Released in 2000, the film a couple of hopeful younger ballerina (performed by Amanda Schull) is a dance film traditional. In honor of the 20th anniversary, Schull and Center Stage’s manufacturing designer defined how New York City as a filming location — and practically every thing was shot on location — made the film actually shine.

Cast and crew of ‘Center Stage’ discuss concerning the magic of filming on location in New York

Center Stage
Ethan Stiefel and Amanda Schull in a scene from Center Stage | Columbia Pictures/Getty Images

Recently, Entertainment Weekly interviewed Center Stage star Amanda Schull, in addition to the movie’s manufacturing designer, David Gropman. Both gushed about how the movie’s director, Nicholas Hytner, used New York as a backdrop for the story.

The solely scenes not shot on location in New York had been the American Ballet Academy rehearsals. (The dance studio scenes had been shot on a set in Brooklyn). It’s fairly spectacular, particularly contemplating how few films are even filmed in New York anymore.

Center Stage took each alternative to infuse the magic of town into the movie,” EW reported.

“We were lucky to make this story about a New York dance school in New York … and only on studio sets when we had to,” Gropman shared. “We were able to be honest.”

The 2000 film reveals that New York City is ‘camera-ready’

The remainder of Center Stage is pure NYC. That consists of The Kit Kat Club, “a former bar in Times Square,” the place the ballerinas go salsa dancing.

“I specifically remember those were a couple of long days on location,” Schull advised EW. “That was a blast.”

Zoe Saldana in Center StageZoe Saldana in Center Stage
Zoe Saldana within the 2000 film Center Stage | Columbia Pictures/Getty Images

“In the late ’90s it was a pretty popular club,” Gropman added. “It looked perfect, didn’t it? We didn’t have to do much to that location to make it work.”

The forged additionally bought to journey in a limousine by means of the precise Times Square. Schull defined: “because it was done 20 years ago and they didn’t even consider faking a lot of that stuff.” Next up: the group of dancers’ ferry journey to the Statue of Liberty.

“That takes place on a real New York ferry on the Hudson River and we just hired a boat,” Gropman advised Entertainment Weekly. The Center Stage manufacturing designer defined he didn’t have to do a lot “to make that location camera-ready.”

‘Center Stage’ bought to shoot the ballet college efficiency at Lincoln Center

However, the climax of Center Stage, the scholar dance efficiency close to the tip of the movie, had an particularly iconic New York taking pictures location: Lincoln Center. EW wrote:

The filmmakers shot all of the efficiency and backstage scenes on location on the David H. Koch Theater … a part of the Lincoln Center complicated, for over every week.

Gropman stated that location additionally made his life pretty straightforward.

“It’s a very iconic theater and it’s so photogenic on film,” he stated. “We were very lucky to have the cooperation of the Lincoln Center and the Julliard School.”

Amanda SchullAmanda Schull
Amanda Schull in 2015 | Vera Anderson/WireImage

Schull, AKA Jody Sawyer in Center Stage, cherished it, too. In some ways, it was a dream come true for the ballerina. Schull advised EW:

It was stunning to bop onstage there. I used to be simply so swept up in all the expertise that I didn’t have a possibility to suppose to myself, ‘Am I worthy of being here on this stage with these people?’ The theater was so beautiful, there’s Peter Gallagher and Julie Kent giving us a standing ovation, it was fairly emotional.

Entertainment Weekly put it fantastically: Center Stage “still resonates as a love letter to both dance and New York City.”

Leave a Comment