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  • 4.1
In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes Bertrand Normand's portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinski Theatre, formerly known as the Kirov. Behind any great ballerina lies the discipline and rigour that comes from decades of training and practice; and Russia's pre-eminent dancers (superstars such as Nijinsky, Baryshnikov and Pavlova) established the reputation of Russian dancers as the best in the world. The dancers profiled in Ballerina are uniquely individual, tough, insightful and exceptionally talented; onstage they reveal no hint of the sweat, pain and hard work of the rehearsal studio. From Swan Lake to Romeo and Juliet, from the backstage studio to performing on stages around the world, BALLERINA captures the sublime beauty of ballet, in all its resplendent glory.

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It's a hard world out there. I talked with a former ballet recently about ballets she has performed. She said "Oh I have never danced competitively." This documentary gives us a strong view of how dancers, like other athletes, discover that competition, dedication, and sacrifice are necessary to reach the top. Their early retirement gives them many years to wonder if it's worth it.

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I wish there were more documentaries about Russian ballet.