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Dan Schlanger and Betsy Carson

Betsy Carson

Haida Paul

Dennis Burke

Kirk Tougas

Canada / 2006
Color / Stereo / English / 42 minutes

In Competition at the 2007 Emmy® Awards

Composer Dennis Burke Nominated for a 2007 Leo Award

"One of the most transcendent moments of my entire career was seeing her dance ‘Giselle’ in Vancouver. If I talk about great Giselles, I say, there were three or four. Like Markova, Makarova and Evelyn Hart too."
   — Critic Clement Crisp, Dec 2001

Known worldwide for her passionate performances, Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart is one of Canada’s most inspiring and honored artists. Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Performing Arts and a Companion of the Order of Canada, she has danced her way into the hearts and minds of countless audiences around the globe. Her career has spanned an astonishing 30 years on stage, 25 of them as the leading ballerina of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Internationally renowned as one of the great interpreters of classical roles like Giselle and Swan Lake, Ms Hart’s unique artistry has been celebrated by audiences and critics alike.

This intimate portrait of a life entirely dedicated to dance brings you backstage, into the dressing room and rehearsal studios, and onstage in performance, exploring what it means to devote every waking moment to the pursuit of the perfection in art. Driven, intense but with an ever-present sense of humour, Ms Hart opens her life to our camera.

Filmed over two years by director Betsy Carson, The Life and Times of Evelyn Hart reveals the struggles and triumphs that mark Ms Hart’s extraordinary journey from talented teenager to international star.

The Life and Time of Evelyn Hart is produced by Dilemma Production Inc, in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, The Trans-Canada Fund, BC Film, CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund, CAVCO and Film Incentive BC.

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