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Ballets Russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists -- now in their 70s, 80s and 90s -- who gave birth to modern ballet.
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Credited cast:
Kenneth Kynt Bryan ...
Dance Student
Yvonne Chouteau ...
Frederic Franklin ...
Alan Howard ...
Nathalie Krassovska ...
Herself (as Dame Alicia Markova)
Milada Mladova ...
Herself (clip "Escape Me Never") (archive footage)
Nina Novak ...
Wakefield Poole ...
Tatiana Riabouchinska ...
Narrator (voice)
Mia Slavenska ...


For many, modern ballet began with the Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo, originally made up of Russian exiles from the Russian Revolution. This film tells the story of this landmark company with its stars and production as well as its power games, rivalries and tribulations that marked its turbulent history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Fame, glamour, ego, politics, money, war, love . . . and dance.


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Release Date:

19 April 2006 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Ballets Russes  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$40,199 (USA) (11 November 2005)


$815,848 (USA) (23 June 2006)

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19 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I was mesmerized and enthralled by this 2 hour film. I wanted it to just go on and on. What a fabulous look into the beginnings of modern ballet of the 20th century. The archival footage was remarkable. The interviews with the aged dancers were priceless. If this film had not been made now, this fabulous history would have been lost to us forever. Many of the dancers appearing in this film have since passed away. If you love the ballet you MUST see this film! If you know someone who loves the ballet, urge them to see this film. They will be forever grateful to you. I can't wait until Ballets Russes comes out on DVD so I can add it to my library.

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