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45 Ratings

Ballets russes

United States, 2005
Documentary, Musical


Ballets russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists – now in their 70s, 80s and 90s – who gave birth to modern ballet.

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Ballets russes Directed by Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

2005 | Winner: Top Five Documentaries

National Society of Film Critics Awards

2006 | 3rd place: Best Non-Fiction Film

Gotham Awards

2005 | Nominee: Best Documentary

What are people saying?

  • Georges Iroh's rating of the film Ballets russes

    Only good can come from pushing and redefining the boundaries of any art form. A series of unbelievable stories, all of which provide genuine education about the history of modern dance and provide context for a collection of filmed performances, each one more gripping than the next. Croatian ballerina Mia Slavenska's magnetism is unequaled to this very day.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Ballets russes

    4.5 Does a great job of explaining the history of the original Diaghilev troop and then the advent of two more troops with nearly identical names. Fantastic footage of vintage performances. Terrific interviews with surviving members. Wonderful tribute to Massine's choreographic genius. Great history of Balanchine before the advent of NYCB. A must for any lover of dance and dance history.

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