Swan’s dancing dou­ble presses her pointe

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

An in­ter­est­ing con­tro­versy has bub­bled up con­cern­ing Black Swan. Sarah Lane, a soloist for Amer­i­can Bal­let Theatre, has com­plained that, con­trary to re­ports in the pub­lic­ity ma­te­rial, 95 per cent of those dance se­quences in­volv­ing “full body shots” were per­formed by her rather than Natalie Port­man.

Lane ar­gues that she was the vic­tim of a cover-up en­gi­neered to in­crease Port­man’s Os­car chances. The story had, in­deed, been put about that the ac­tor had learned to dance to nearpro­fes­sional stan­dard in a few short months.

Both di­rec­tor Dar­ren Aronof­sky and co-star Mila Kunis have con­tra­dicted Lane’s claims. “Here is the re­al­ity,” Aronof­sky said. “I had my edi­tor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film; 111 are Natalie Port­man un­touched; 28 are her dance dou­ble Sarah Lane. If you do the math, that’s 80 per cent Natalie Port­man.”

Lane had also claimed that Port­man never quite man­aged to dance in pointe shoes. “To be clear, Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes,” Aronof­sky added. “If you look at the fi­nal shot of the open­ing pro­logue, which lasts 85 sec­onds, and was danced com­pletely by Natalie, she ex­its the scene on pointe. That is com­pletely her with­out any dig­i­tal magic.”

Kunis was sim­i­larly out­raged on Port­man’s be­half: “Natalie danced her ass off.”

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