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Ballets Russes

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:October 26, 2005
Running time:120 minutes
Cast:Irina Baronova, Yvonne Chouteau, Frederic Franklin, Nathalie Krassovska, Alicia Markova
Director:Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine
Producer:Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Robert Hawk, Douglas Blair Tumbaugh
Writer:Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine
Distributor:Zeitgeist

Description: The revolutionary 20th-century dance troupe known as the Ballets Russes began as a group of Russian refugees, who never danced in Russia, and became not one but two rival dance troupes. 'Ballets Russes' begins with the company's Diaghilev-era in turn-of-the-century Paris -- when artists such as Nijinsky, Balanchine, Picasso, Miro, Matisse and Stravinsky united in an unparalleled collaboration. The film then explores the company's halcyon days of the 1930s and '40s, when the Ballets Russes toured America, astonishing audiences schooled in vaudeville with artistry never before seen, The company's demise came in 1950s and '60s when rising costs, rocketing egos, outside competition and internal mismanagement ultimately brought the revered Ballets Russes to its knees.

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