In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes a portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre (also known as the Kirov).
Behind any great ballerina lies the discipline and rigour that comes from decades of training and practice. Superstars like Nijinsky, Baryshnikov and Pavlova established the reputation of Russian dancers as the best in the world. The five dancers profiled in this revealing film are tough, insightful and exceptionally talented; onstage they reveal no hint of the sweat, pain and hard work of the rehearsal studio. From Swan Lake to Romeo and Juliet, from the backstage studio to performing on stages around the world, Ballerina captures the sublime beauty of ballet, in all its resplendent glory.
Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova & Evgenia Obraztsova
Highest rating! It's like having a front row seat at some of the best ballet you'll ever see. A superb, beautiful film. --KCBS Radio, San Francisco
A surprisingly intimate portrait of what it means to be a ballerina...captures their fragility, and ferocity. --Time Out NY
Critic's Pick! A striking lesson in ballet's rigorous aesthetic alchemy. --Village Voice