New York Times – Turning ‘a Nightmare of Ghoulish Obscenities’ into a Ballet

Ballets have been inspired by fairy tales, myths, poems, novels and Shakespeare plays, among other things. But never by a documentary that exposed the harrowing conditions at a state prison for the criminally insane.

Until now.

Titicut Follies,” Frederick Wiseman’s landmark black-and-white documentary from 1967, took viewers behind the walls of a state prison hospital in Bridgewater, Mass., with unsparing scenes of strip searches, a psychiatrist interviewing a pedophile, a guard force-feeding an inmate. It might seem like an unlikely subject, but with the help of a new ballet think tank, it is being turned into “Titicut Follies: The Ballet.” READ MORE