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An intimate portrait of five ballerinas from the Kirov.
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. | Add synopsis »
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Fascinating documentary about life in the Kirov/Mariinksy See more (5 total) »


Altynai Asylmuratova ... Herself - Artistic Director Vaganova Ballet Academy

Diane Baker ... Narrator
Olga Chenchilova ... Herself - Ballet Master
Andrian Fadeyev ... Himself - (principal dancer)
Valery Gergiev ... Himself - Mariinsky Theater Artistic Director

Cédric Klapisch ... 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

Jayme Ratzer ... Ballerina
Ludmila Safronova ... Herself - Teacher at Vaganova Ballet Academy
Taylor Snow ... Herself
Alina Somova ... Herself, Ballerina
Makhar Vaziev ... Himself - Director Mariinsky Theater Ballet Company
Diana Vishneva ... Herself, Ballerina (as Diana Vishnyova)
Svetlana Zakharova ... Herself, Ballerina
Igor Zelensky ... Himself - (principal dancer)

Directed by
Bertrand Normand 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bertrand Normand 

Produced by
Yann Brolli .... producer
Frédéric Podetti .... producer
Film Editing by
Antonella Bevenja 
Production Management
Diane Baker .... production manager
Betina Chokroun .... production secretary
Antonio de Oliveira .... production assistant
Cindy Engoulevent .... production secretary
Laurence Milon .... production assistant
Igor Moiseyev .... production manager
Marion Moretto .... production secretary
Edward Oleschak .... production manager
Francesca Van Der Staay .... production assistant
Sound Department
Courtney Ballardo .... voiceover recordist
Raoul Fruhauf .... sound mixer
Sandrine Henchoz .... sound editor
Cyril Moisson .... additional sound recording
Victor Smirnov .... additional sound recording
Special Effects by
Thierry Maisonave .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Dominique Colin .... camera operator
Alexander Filipov .... camera operator
Franck Laniel .... camera operator
Bertrand Normand .... camera operator
Edward Oleschak .... camera operator
Isabelle Saunois .... camera operator
Igor Yurov .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Fanny Piquet .... on-line editor
Arnaud Sentenac .... color correction
Other crew
George Balanchine .... choreographer - Diamonds segment
George Balanchine .... choreographer (Diamonds segment) (Rubies segment)
August Bournonville .... choreographer - Flower Festival in Genzano rehearsal segment
Mikhail Fokin .... choreographer - Scheherazade segment
Mikhail Fokin .... choreographer (Scheherazade segment)
Yuri Grigorovich .... choreographer (The Legend of Love segment)
Lev Ivanov .... choreographer - Neapolitan Dance
Lev Ivanov .... choreographer (Swan Lake segment)
Pierre Lacotte .... choreographer - Ondine rehearsal segment
Leonid Lavrovsky .... choreographer - Romeo and Juliet segment
Leonid Lavrovsky .... choreographer (Romeo and Juliet segment)
Marius Pepita .... choreographer (La Bayadere segment) (Paquita segment) (Swan Lake segment)
Marius Petipa .... choreographer - Neapolitan Dance
Alexei Ratmansky .... choreographer - Cinderella rehearsal segment
François Vila .... press agent
Rostislav Zakharov .... choreographer - The Fountain of Bakhchiarai rehearsal segment

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France:77 min | USA:80 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating documentary about life in the Kirov/Mariinksy, 14 July 2012
Author: sybarite_2003 from United Kingdom

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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