Strictly Bolshoi

Strictly Bolshoi

Creating A New Ballet - A Documentary

Streaming Video - 2010
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Produced by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, this documentary takes viewers inside the creative process of British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon - and the immense challenges he faces in bringing a new piece to life for Russia's Bolshoi Theatre. Wheeldon's initial idea of presenting Hamlet as a ballet arouses great interest, but when he ventures into more abstract territory, principal dancer Nicolai Tsiskaridze sulks, feigns illness, and eventually drops out of the project. Managerial and design difficulties arise as well, but with renewed enthusiasm from other dancers and the unanticipated involvement of the filmmakers themselves, Wheeldon's work emerges as a triumph.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2007
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (50 min.) :,sd., col., digital file

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