BOLSHOI IN VEGASThirty years ago the Bolshoi Ballet's first trip to America was a political and artistic triumph and audiences queued for days to see these legends of ballet. Bolshoi in Vegas, a richly entertaining documentary, follows their disastrous 1996 tour in which they hoped to capitalize on this earlier success. The promoter had invested heavily in his dream of bringing the Bolshoi to Vegas, but the venture is beset with problems from the start and tensions mount. The Bolshoi are bewildered by their lukewarm reception, recalling that during their 1959 landmark tour, ecstatic audiences threw so many bouquets that they "walked on flowers all the way to our hotel."
THE KROV IN PETERSBURGKirov in Petersburg traces the development of an institution, which is both incurably altered and condemned to trade on its past glories. As Communism gives way to Capitalism, and artistic values give way to commercial considerations, the Kirov Ballet's chief choreographer Oleg Vinogradov's final year in office is set against allegations of bribery and corruption. Through the deeply personal recollections of workers, dancers and critics, specially-filmed back footage and previously unseen archival material, a unique portrait emerges of the Kirov's changing fortunes in the context of its awesome heritage.
"These two documentaries, for all their dance interest, are centrally about the plight and destiny of post-Soviet art, and are profoundly moving." - The Financial Times
Bolshoi in Vegas won: 1997 International Emmy Award for Best Arts DocumentarySpecial Commendation at the 1998 Grierson Memorial Trust AwardsSpecial Mention at the 1998 Golden Prague Awards
Narrated by: Clare HigginsDirected and Produced by: Andus MacqueenAssociate Producer: Liana PomerantsevaSupervising Producer: Carl Simons
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