Ballets Russes (2005)

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Documentary charting the history of the Ballets Russes over more than fifty years, and the artistes and dancers involved with it. Looks at the creative inheritance and influence it had on generations of dancers, as well as other areas of art culture such as set design, films, music and painting. Tells the story of the extraordinary blend of Russian, American, Canadian, European, Cuban and Latin American dancers who elevated ballet to a collaborative art form, and in so doing, put the first African-American and Native American ballerinas on stage.

Uses interviews and verite documentary scenes with over twenty surviving members of the Ballets Russes companies, as well as rare motion picture performance footage, clips from Hollywood movies and "home movies," letters, diaries, journals and other archival materials, to trace the story of the companies and the lives of the individuals who danced within them.

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