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Bolshoi Babylon

Nick Read, Mark Franchetti

In recent years, Russia’s national treasure has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: intrigue, personal attacks and management changes have created lurid headlines, and now, for the first time in the company’s history, cameras have been allowed backstage to see what goes on behind the curtain at The Bolshoi.

From the Producer of Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man, Bolshoi Babylon gives a voice to artists and company members who are not usually in the limelight, in irreverent and candid terms. Combining epic themes with intimate portraits, historical dramas are counterpointed with the untold personal stories of agony and ecstasy that lie behind every acclaimed performance. With unparalleled behind-the-scenes access, the film will pay 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.