★★★★ "... enthralling documentary reveals the extraordinary upheavals at the Bolshoi Ballet..." - Guardian
★★★★ "... the dark side of ballet" - Daily Telegraph
★★★★ - Independent
The Bolshoi. Symbol of Russia, a national treasure and one of the most famous institutions in the world. Recently, however, the theatre has been making the news for all the wrong reasons following the acid attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi. The vicious attack pulled back the curtain on the scandals and infighting that had long plagued the iconic institution.
With unparalleled behind the scenes access, Director Nick Read and producer/co-director Mark Franchetti take us inside the Bolshoi's world of great artistry and intense rivalry during one of the most dramatic periods since its founding in 1776. Paying tribute to the dancers’ extraordinary artistic and athletic talents, their abiding fear of injury and the ruthless ambition needed to survive in the world’s most famous ballet company.
Bertha DocHouse was delighted to be the main venue for a live Q&A event hosted by BBC Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark. Featuring the filmmakers plus historian Simon Sebag Montefiore and Deborah Bull, principal dancer at Royal Ballet for 9 years and former creative direction of the Royal Opera House.