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Recently I've been obsessed with documentaries... Although I would not consider myself an avid ballet follower, the film "Ballerina" charmed me from the start.  Directed by French filmmaker Bertrand Normand, the documentary profiles five Russian ballerinas - Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Evgenia Obraztsova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina - each at a different point of her career.  Consider the film an insider's pass into the fantastical, and intensely political and hierarchal, world of the Kirov Ballet, including interviews, rehearsals and performance footage. These ballerinas are elite athletes, struggling to move up in the pecking order from the corp de ballet, to soloist, to everyone's dream, prima ballerina. We meet the youngest ballerina of the bunch, Alina Somova, when she is only 17 and at the top of her class at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg.  Through her, we see how even getting into the Vaganova is a huge feat (think of it as a boot camp for only the most serious, dedicated and promising teenagers).  Then there is Ulyana Lopatkina, who after having surgery on her ankle, getting married and having a baby, is trying to get back into the biz at age 32.  This is a great film for those (like me) whose eyes become glued and mouth slack in awe of anyone who can developé their leg up to their head...among other things...

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“Awesome interview! Hope everyone appreciate ballet performance!”
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