Ballets Russes

three and a half stars out of five A documentary with attitude. This film concerns itself with the development of the various incarnations of the Ballets Russes post-Diaghilev, which I hadn’t realised before viewing.

Nonetheless, it provides an enthralling look behind the scenes at the egos, politics & sheer hard work of being in a touring ballet company. All the dancers interviewed were in their twilight years – though many were still enviably agile – & gleefully recalled their glory days. A beautiful illustration of the part played by Ballets Russes in the evolution of modern ballet & a fascinating piece of social/cultural history for those with an interest in dance.

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