Black Swan: Performance, Competition, and Annihilation in Group 

by David Heilman, MM, MPsy

Our next Cinema Series presentation will feature the movie, Black Swan. The film follows New York City Ballet dancer Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) as she goes after her big shot of being cast as the lead in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Nina impresses the artistic director, Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassell), but Swan Lake needs a ballerina who can play both the White Swan–with virtue and purity–and the Black Swan–with cunning and calculating seduction. While Nina is told by Thomas that she fits the White Swan role perfectly, she has stiff competition in the company’s new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), who appears to exemplify the Black Swan. Although Nina has befriended by Lily, her fears of competition get the better of her, and she becomes her own worst enemy.

Join us on April 29, 2017, as host Lenore Pomerance, LICSW, CGP, discussant Judy Tyson, PhD, MS, CGP, and presenter and Juilliard-trained singer David Heilman, MM, MPsy, explore the intensity of competition, and how competitive feelings can be stirred up (and faced) in Group. Click here for more information.