UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned a documentary that promises to go behind the scenes for the first time at Moscow’s prestigious but scandal-struck Bolshoi Theatre.
The filmmakers have been granted inside access to the theatre, which is home to both the Bolshoi Ballet and the Bolshoi Opera – among the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world.
Bolshoi BabylonBolshoi to let the cameras inside
Posted 29 November 2013 - 11:26 AM
Posted 29 November 2013 - 01:29 PM
Posted 29 November 2013 - 03:21 PM
"It looks likely to meet its €510,000 (US$693,800) budget, €94,700 of which is being covered by the BBC’s documentary strand ‘Storyville.’ The filmmakers are aiming to have the film ready for release in the second half of 2014."
I have a feeling that the people involved are making lemonade from lemons.
Posted 29 November 2013 - 09:09 PM
Posted 30 November 2013 - 02:01 PM
This could be ballet's answer to figure skating's 'Tonya-Nancy Saga' of 20 years ago. Pass the popcorn!
Posted 02 December 2013 - 10:01 AM
In the mid-1990s the BBC produced an extremely interesting series on the Royal Opera House titled The House. While it was said to have improved the theater's box office receipts, the public airing of its backstage dirty laundry was widely considered to have been a PR disaster for the ROH.
Posted 12 August 2015 - 10:43 PM
Posted 13 August 2015 - 04:49 PM
If the company and its dancers are promoting the film, chances are it isn't a terribly hard-hitting affair.
Posted 14 August 2015 - 11:46 AM
The trailer throws out some sharp lines designed to attract viewers, about theater being a brutal profession and a hotbed, about the dissent brought about by Filin’s outside hires and questions about their quality (though the editing of that bit is extremely choppy and perhaps distorted), about the company needing to change how it works, but also about how what happens on stage is all that matters ("it's our religion, our god"). He was not included in the trailer, but I see that Nikolai Tsiskaridze was also interviewed for the film, and no doubt he had some strong things to say. If the film is 87 minutes long, and it covers the acid attack in some detail, I wonder how much time is left over for much else. However, those shots of severely overcrowded barres present a different picture from the very selective view of company life the Bolshoi presented online during World Ballet Day.
Posted 29 August 2015 - 07:00 PM
I don't have full access to "The Sunday Times," but the amount they are showing for free quotes Filin, including at least one from the documentary:
Speaking before stepping down from the high-profile role, Sergei Filin described managing the world’s largest ballet company as like “being at war, like walking on a minefield . . . You’d like to jump over it but have no idea if the spot where you land is also mined.“It’s plagued by all sorts of intrigue and provocations, envy and jealousy that makes you nervous all the time,” Filin reveals in a forthcoming documentary, Bolshoi Babylon.“Even if the acid attack had not happened, I can say that I shouldn’t have accepted the job. I made a mistake.”
Ratmansky could have told him that, but some things, you just have to learn for yourself.
(Thanks to a heads up tweet by Marina Harss)
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