Fox Searchlight has released a video clip from Darren Aronofsky‘s Black Swan on Yahoo Movies. The clip gives us a look at one of the film’s ballet sequences, featuring Natalie Portman as Nina in a New York production of Swan Lake. Aronofsky decided to shoot the dance sequences using handheld cameras on stage, giving a very unique look and intimate feeling to the ballet. Watch the clip now embedded after the jump.
BLACK SWAN follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
Black Swan will be released in theaters on December 1st, 2010.