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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
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
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This excellent new documentary takes you behind the scenes at the world-renowned Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, the guardian of Russian classical ballet (see Russian Life, Nov/Dec 2008). It traces the lives and fortunes of a handful of ballerinas in training, following recent graduates through their first years of service in the Mariinsky, while comparing their careers with those of world-renowned primas. In all, it is an astoundingly intimate, up-close portrait of these dancers' lives.
One of the most unexpectedly fascinating parts of the film, however, is when the cameras turn to interview a leading dancer from Paris. His declaration of the unparalleled toughness and grit of Russian dancers is insightful as only the judgement of one's peers can be. (As reviewed in Russian Life)
"Winter Dreams" symphony in the sound track, I was mesmerized. I have little
knowledge of ballet but am quite familiar with symphonic music. I found this
documentary enchanting and educational. There were brief snips from about eight ballets.
I like that they noted the composer and the the choreographer on each snip.
This is an excellent dvd for ballet novices. Experts in the field may prefer more
detail and analysis but most viewers should enjoy this. It inspired me to begin
attending live performances and to educate myself about the art form. This film
is almost at the level of the Ballet Russe film.
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We have all heard the life of a ballerina is very difficult. In this film we meet 5 ballerinas either trying to get into the Kirov school or dancing for them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by prisrob
There are a lot of short, beautiful clips of ballet by some of the world's greatest dancers. They're even more interesting when put into context with the many interviews by these... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Fira