GenreDocumentary, History, Music CountryUnited States
Dan Geller WriterDaniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Celeste Schaefer Snyder, Gary Weimberg Initial releaseOctober 26, 2005 (New York City) DirectorsDayna Goldfine, Dan Geller Music directorTodd Boekelheide, David Conte ScreenplayDayna Goldfine, Dan Geller, Gary Weimberg, Celeste Schaefer Snyder CastIrina Baronova, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Yvonne Chouteau, Yvonne Craig, Frederic Franklin Similar moviesBlack Swan, Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Ballet Boys, My Perestroika, Ghetto Ballet
TaglineFame, glamour, ego, politics, money, war, love ... and dance.
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From 1909 to 1929, the Ballets Russes traveled the globe, becoming one of the most famous ballet troupes in the world as they collaborated with painters and filmmakers, and setting new standards for artistry in dance production. When their impresario, Sergei Diaghilev, died in 1929, the companys glory years came to an end, but their legend persisted through the 20th century. A 2000 reunion of surviving members in New Orleans provides the world with an opportunity to pay tribute.
Ballets Russes is an American 2005 feature documentary about the dancers of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. It was directed by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, and featured Irina Baronova, Alicia Markova, George Zoritch, and Tatiana Riabouchinska, among others. It was narrated by Marian Seldes. It is distributed by Zeitgeist Films.
For many, modern ballet began with the Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo, originally made up of Russian exiles from the Russian Revolution. This film tells the story of this landmark company with its stars and production as well as its power games, rivalries and tribulations that marked its turbulent history.
Dancers appearing in the film include:
Tamara Tchinarova Finch
Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse (1996). Ballerina (2006). La Danse (2009). Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller directed Ballets Russes and Something Ventured. William Shatners Gonzo Ballet (2009).
Ballets Russes was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2005 Gotham Awards, and winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival. The film came third in the Best Nonfiction Picture category at the National Society of Film Critics Awards 2005, and second in the Top Five Documentaries category at the National Board of Review Awards 2005.