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Bolshoi Babylon

Bolshoi Babylon

Documentary | English, Russian | 83 minutes


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Cast & Crew


Nick Read, Mark Franchetti


Mark Franchetti, Simon Chinn, Maxim Pozdorovkin




Maria Alexandrova, Maria Allash, Sergei Filin, Anatoliy Iksanov, Vladimir Urin


The Bolshoi. Symbol of Russia, a national treasure – mystical and intriguing. Recently, however, the theatre has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: intrigue, personal attacks and management changes have created lurid headlines.

Now for the first time the theatre directors have allowed a film crew access backstage for an entire season. This new chapter in the Bolshoi’s story provides the background for a unique cinematic experience.

From the two-time Academy Award-winning 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 pays 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.

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