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Bringing Balanchine Back tells the story of New York City Ballet's historic visit to St. Petersburg, Russia to perform at the famed Mariinsky Theater, where ballet legend and NYCB co-founder George Balanchine received his training and began his career. One of the most famous theaters in the world, the Mariinsky is where Tschaikovsky created The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, and where other greats of the ballet world such as Nureyev, Nijinsky and Baryshnikov took their first ballet steps. The eagerly-anticipated trip coincides with the worldwide celebrations marking the centennial of Balanchine's birth, and takes place during St. Petersburg's annual White Nights festival. Included is performance footage of several of Balanchine's most acclaimed works, as well as ballets by Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins, and a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes for a number of backstage dramas.
Through interviews with NYCB's dancers and artistic staff, Russian audiences and performers, and the sights and sounds of an extraordinary city, Bringing Balanchine Back is a beautiful and unforgettable look at Balanchine's birthplace and his legacy New York City Ballet.
Narrated by Kevin Kline
Special Features: Additional Interview Material: Peter Martins, Valery Gergiev, Rosemary Dunleavy And Darci Kistler
Tour Of The Mariinsky Theater - A Film By Richard Blanshard
The New York City Ballet is the only child he ever had, even though he was married several times.
There was an LP of it long ago by the NYCB ballet orchestra which occupies a treasured place in my LP collection.
We even hear the sound of the dancers on the stage, which is very different than what the audience hears.
I believe this was part of the Dance in America series, but I could be wrong. It follows the company on tour through Russia and is more documentary than dance. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Susan Benson
I love video's about ballet this one was informative, fun, visually beautiful. The story of Balanchine was interesting and the company was beautiful.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite ballet choreographer is Balanchine. This film takes the New York City Ballet's company behind the scenes on its tour to St. Read morePublished 11 months ago by F. Parker
Wonderful movie. The editing gives you a visual perspective from the stage which I had not seen before. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Liza Harrington