Prima Ballerina
Prima Ballerina (2009)

In the grand tradition of the Ballet Russes comes Bertrand Normand's portrait of five Russian ballerinas from theMariinski Theatre, formerly known as the Kirov. Behind any great ballerina lies the discipline and rigour thatcomes from… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A straightforward documentary about five Russian ballerinas, Bertrand Normand's Ballerina is enlivened by a fairy-tale sensibility.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Dance aficionados will be sent over the moon by this compelling documentary from director Bertrand Norman, chronicling what it takes to be a prima ballerina in the Mariinski Theatre.

Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post

A jewel of a documentary.

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Jules Brenner

Behind-the-curtains has never been more ravishing nor more rewarding

Janice Page
Boston Globe

As dazzling as they can be in performance, the ballerinas are even more breathtaking when a camera catches them alone in the shadows, dancing only for themselves.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Such a brief glimpse into these women's lives and art whets the appetite for more; alas, Ballerina ends far too quickly, leaving only their willowy shadows behind.

Jennifer Merin

This rare, behind-the-scenes dance film, which is more a profile of dancers than of the dance, shows that Russia and its famed Kirow are still the world's core of ballet.

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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie is an admirable look into the venerable St. Petersburg company and how dancers thrive or just survive in the physically challenging world of dance.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Ballerina will be of interest mostly to balletomanes, but even folks who don't know their right foot from their left will find inspiration in the lives of these devoted dancers. Besides, who isn't moved by Swan Lake?

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Beverly Berning

... in its simplistic, by-the-book delivery, Ballerina does give an inkling of the blood and sweat hidden underneath the ethereal beauty of classical dance.

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