- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 21, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: First Run Features
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (unspecified) - English, Russian, French
- Subtitles - English
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Filmmaker Biography
- Photo Gallery
- Dance Film Gallery
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Box Office - 02/01/2009
"With an appropriately workmanlike method, Normand moves through the Ballet Academy's audition process, following the students' transformations into prima ballerinas."
Washington Post - 03/06/2009
"[A]t the highest level of the profession, the unvarnished reality of a dancer's life contains plenty of genuine theater, as proved in Bertrand Normand's jewel of a documentary, BALLERINA."
Los Angeles Times - 04/17/2009
"[A] beautiful snapshot of ballet life, Russian style, and a tribute to five particular ballerinas..."
Five rising stars in Russian ballet are put in the spotlight in this documentary. From their posts at the famed Mariinski Theatre (formerly the Kirov), the young women reflect on their art and the long, difficult path they have trod in pursuing it. Meanwhile, footage of performances--Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, and Evgenia Obraztsova--shows their astonishing talents in action.
In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes this portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre (also known as the Kirov).
Behind any great ballerina lies the discipline and rigor that comes from decades of training and practice. Superstars like Nijinsky, Baryshnikov and Pavlova established the reputation of Russian dancers as the best in the world. The five dancers profiled in this revealing film are 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.