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

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$113,222 (USA) (12 June 2009)
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generally pedestrian documentary
20 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Only those who already have an intense interest in Russian classical dance will get much of a lift out of "Ballerina," a well-meaning but pedestrian behind-the-scenes portrait of five promising members of the Kirov Ballet Company. Through interviews, rehearsal footage, and snippets of actual stage performances, this 76-minute film, written and directed by Bertrand Norman and narrated by Diane Baker, gives us some sense of the discipline, dedication and physical stamina required of any woman who hopes to succeed in this field - women who, in some cases, can go on to achieve near-rock-star status in their home country.

What the movie lacks is any real means of making the material come alive for those with little or no interest in ballet. Contrast that with "Ballets Russes," a far superior documentary that truly does provide a fascinating look at not only some of the premier dancers of all time but the long and distinguished history of ballet itself. Check out that one instead.


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