Ballets Russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists (now in their 70s 80s and 90s) who gave birth to modern ballet. Directed with consummate invention and infused with juicy anecdotal interviews from many of the company's glamorous stars Ballets Russes treats modern audiences to a rare glimpse of the singularly remarkable merger of Russian American European and Latin American dancers choreographers composers and designers that transformed the
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Documentary looking at the group of pioneering artists who gave birth to modern ballet, exploring the remarkable merger of Russian, American, European, and Latin American dancers, choreographers, composers, and designers that transformed the face of ballet for generations to come. Including rare archive footage, filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller map the company's Diaghilev-era beginnings in turn-of-the-century Paris, when artists such as Dame Alicia Markova, Frederic Franklin, Hijinsky, Balanchine, Picasso, Miro, Matisse and Stravinsky united in an unparalleled collaboration where dance blended with ego, love, politics, and war.
Filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine pay tribute to the revolutionary 20th Century dance troupe Ballets Russes in this enthralling documentary. From their humble origins as Russian refugees residing in turn-of-the-century Paris, to dazzling feats of artistry, this documentary maps the company's illustrious career right up until its demise in the 1950s and '60s (brought about by rising costs, rocketing egos, outside competition, and internal mismanagement). Culled from archive footage and infused with juicy anecdotal interviews from many of the company's glamorous stars, BALLETS RUSSES treats modern audiences to a rare glimpse of the phenomenon that transformed the face of ballet for generations to come.