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 Post subject: "Ballerina" Documentary
PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:17 am 
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Director Bertrand Normand has produced a 77 minute documentary on the development of five Mariinsky ballerinas: Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Uliana Lopatkina, Alina Somova and Evgenia Obraztsova. The film is currently playing at the Varsity Theatre in Seattle and is reviewed in the Friday, February 27, 2009 movie magazines in the Seattle dailies.

R. M. Campbell in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

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Moira Macdonald in the Seattle Times:

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Sarah Kaufman reviews "Ballerina" in The Washington Post:

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Troika Ballerinas
A Brief Review of "Ballerina"

by Dean Speer

Caught this delightful film last Saturday night at a cinema near the University of Washington in Seattle. Beyond just giving us a "backstage" view of life at the Mariinsky and the of the five dancers it focuses on, "Ballerina" gives us context like few other documentaries.

It really felt like we were invited to understand the atmosphere of their work lives. Outdoor shots contrast with those of the old corridors of the Mariinsky Theatre stuffed with old props. We saw that one of the St. Petersburg canals runs right next to the building.

And the five dancers -- including two relatively new to the company and one coming back after two years away from dancing -- provide candid interviews with their thoughts on their careers and how they put their dancing into this context.

While politics in Russian arts seem a whole lot sunnier than they used to be, nevertheless, there are hints and indirect references scattered throughout.

I adored the class and rehearsal sequences; I'm one for whom these are completely delicious. The performance clips were good as they were built progressively, allowing us to enjoy the transformation of each dancer -- whether building a character or part or coming back into performing and rebuilding.

Sweet were the babushkas who wait outside the stage door to chat with and get autographs of their favorite dancers.

If and when it comes out on DVD, I certainly plan on getting a copy so my students can watch, learn, and enjoy.

"Ballerina" is a worthwhile nearly 90 minutes that lifts the curtain even higher on what used to be so mysterious to so many.

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Kenneth Turan reviews "Ballerina" in the Los Angeles Times:

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A review from Janice Page in the Boston Globe: Ballerina - The soul of a dancer


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