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This documentary gives insight to the lives of five ballerinas, all at different points in their careers. Looking at the operations of the Vagonova Academy and the Mariinsky Theatre, the life of a ballerina is disclosed.

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Credited cast:
Altynai Asylmuratova ...
Herself - Artistic Director Vaganova Ballet Academy
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Narrator
Olga Chenchilova ...
Herself - Ballet Master
Andrian Fadeyev ...
Himself - (principal dancer)
Valery Gergiev ...
Himself - Mariinsky Theater Artistic Director
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Himself - Film Director
Pierre Lacotte ...
Himself - Choreographer
Manuel Legris ...
Himself - Paris National Opera Principal Dancer
Uliana Lopatkina ...
Herself, Ballerina
Olga Moiseyeva ...
Herself - Ballet Teacher
Evguenya Obraztsova ...
Herself, Ballerina
...
Ballerina
Ludmila Safronova ...
Herself - Teacher at Vaganova Ballet Academy
Taylor Snow ...
Herself
Alina Somova ...
Herself, Ballerina
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This documentary gives insight to the lives of five ballerinas, all at different points in their careers. Looking at the operations of the Vagonova Academy and the Mariinsky Theatre, the life of a ballerina is disclosed.

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An intimate portrait of five ballerinas from the Kirov.

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3 November 2007 (Japan)  »

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Balarina  »

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$1,596 (USA) (23 January 2009)

Gross:

$113,222 (USA) (12 June 2009)
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Fascinating documentary about life in the Kirov/Mariinksy
14 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I became a fan of ballet after seeing the Bolshoi perform at Covent Garden a couple of years ago; at that time I had heard the name of Svetlana Zakharova and Natalia Osipova only! Though I didn't see Svetlana -- she pulled out due to injury -- Osipova in Giselle entranced me. Since then it has been my goal to see all the great ballet troupes live. Though that is still a goal, this fascinating documentary makes up partially for it. It takes a look at Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopitkina, Diana Vishneva, Alina Samova (I think she was also at Covent Garden but not sure!) and Evgenia Obraztsova and their day-to-day life at the Kirov and its training school. Apart from being visually beautiful to look at this is a real insight into how hard life is for top ballerinas and how difficult it is to become one.

For ballet enthusiasts, it is essential viewing.


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