Ballets Russes

Ballets Russes

Ann Barzel
Director: Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine Cast: Ann Barzel
Ann Barzel
, Irina Baronova
Irina Baronova
Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine,

DVD (Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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Filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine explore the remarkable history of the legendary dance troupe Ballets Russes in this meticulously researched documentary that traces the evolution of the group from their 1909 debut performance in Paris until their final 1962 show in Brooklyn, NY. Performing at venues both large and small, the Ballets Russes opened the world's eyes to the art of dance in a manner never even conceived by vaudeville. Detailing everything from the involvement of such legendary artists as Picasso and Matisse to the quarrels between choreography giants George Balanchine and Leonid Massine -- and including interviews with such historical Ballets Russes dancers as Yvonne Chouteau, Raven Wilkinson, and other surviving members of the troupe -- this documentary pays tribute to some of the biggest names in the world of dance while simultaneously showcasing the remarkable influence that Ballets Russes had on generations of dancers.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
UPC: 0795975108133
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Zeitgeist Films
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 30,234

Special Features

Gorgeous 16:9 anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen tvs; An hour-long, four part series of addtional behind-the-scenes, performance, rehearsal and interview footage with Ballets Russes dancers; Rare archival footage, including excerpts of classic Ballets Russes performances of Swan Lake, Giselle and others; Stills galleries featuring 200 photos of Ballets Russes stars, additional Ballets Russes dancers and vontage Ballets Russes program covers; Original theatrical trailer; Ballets Russes easter egg; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; 12-page booklet including liner notes by New York Times dance writer Jack Anderson and production notes by the filmmakers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ann Barzel Participant
Irina Baronova Participant
Yvonne Chouteau Participant
Yvonne Craig Participant
Frederic Franklin Participant
Alan Howard Participant
Nathalie Krassovska Participant
Alicia Markova Participant
Nina Novak Participant
Marc Platt Participant
Wakefield Poole Participant
Tatiana Riabouchinska Participant
Mia Slavenska Participant
Tatiana Stepanova Participant
Maria Tallchief Participant
Tamara Tchinerova Finch Participant
Miguel Terekhov Participant
Nini Theilade Participant
Raven Wilkonson Participant
George Zoritch Participant
Rochelle Zide Participant

Technical Credits
Dan Geller Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Dayna Goldfine Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Boekelheide Score Composer
David Conte Score Composer
Nathaniel Dorsky Editor
Robert Hawk Producer
Celeste Schaefer Snyder Screenwriter
Douglas Blair Turnbaugh Producer
Gary Weimberg Editor,Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ballets Russes
1. I Never Wanted to Dance [7:39]
2. Baby Ballerinas [7:47]
3. Three Artistic Visions [6:20]
4. A Blaze of Glory [8:16]
5. Crossing the Atlantic [7:50]
6. Rival Dance Companies [8:51]
7. Just Like Diaghilev [8:34]
8. Ballet Wars of 1938 [8:03]
9. Ballerinas in Covered Wagons [8:31]
10. So Many Accents [7:00]
11. Lights, Camera, Action! [4:39]
12. As Americas As Mark Twain [2:00]
13. All-American Ballerina [10:02]
14. Curtain Call [5:47]
15. Bridge to the Future [7:47]
16. End/Credits [7:18]

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