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For Art's Sake: The Story of Ballets Russes (2009)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  12 December 2009 (UK)
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In the centenary year since the founding of the Ballets Russe, this documentary looks back at Sergei Diaghilev and the company he created, what they did and the influence they had, even a ... See full summary »

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Lynn Seymour ...
Narrator
Alastair Macaulay ...
Himself - Chief Dance Critic: The New York Times
Bob Gottlieb ...
Himself - Writer and Editor
Judith Mackrell ...
Herself - Writer and Dance Critic
Lynn Garafola ...
Herself - Author: 'Diaghilev's Ballets Russes'
Richard Davenport-Hines ...
Himself - Historian and Author
Anna Pavlova ...
Herself - Dancer: Ballets Russes (archive footage)
Frederic Franklin ...
Himself - Dancer: Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo
Elena Gludjidze ...
Herself - Principal Dancer: English National Ballet
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Himself - Creative Director: Chanel
Wayne Eagling ...
Himself - Artistic Director: English National Ballet
Marie Rambert ...
Herself - Founder: Ballet Rambert (archive footage)
Joan Acocella ...
Herself - Dance Critic
Julian Barran ...
Himself - Art Dealer
Mary Fellows ...
Herself - Fashion Director and Consultant
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In the centenary year since the founding of the Ballets Russe, this documentary looks back at Sergei Diaghilev and the company he created, what they did and the influence they had, even a 100 years later. There were no films made of the Ballets Russe themselves, Diaghilev didn't want their work filmed. But the documentary shows many other companies performing works first introduced by the Ballets Russe. Interviews with people talking about what they did, some archive interviews with those no longer with us and many new interviews. They talk about the dancers, the choreographers, the composers, the designers, all brought together by the maestro Diaghilev. The company only survived for about 20 years, until Diaghilev's death, but it is the root of nearly every dance company in the world. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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