May 26 - May 28, 2006
Directed by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine
Rated Not Rated, 118 min.
Underwritten by University of Utah Continuing Education
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 before. 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 a cast of charismatic, eternally young-at-heart vets including dancers 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.
A sumptuous documentary ? marvelous, delightful and important ? it is just heaven. - The New York Times
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