Ah what beauty, what humanility! It is a masterclass in ageing gracefully. Though I am an immense fan of ballet and dance of all kinds, and am a keen dance student, that is not to say that this product would only appeal to people like myself. The amazing stories and characters around this legendary ballet company is set with the backdrop of the changing climates, and some of the greatest, most dramatic events of the 20th Century! Through the 2 world wars, the fall of imperial Russia and the mass exodus of the Russian refugees. Mothers' hopes for their children by sending them to what ballet studios they could find in foreign lands, bickering of the management, choreographers, dancers, as well as the enormous and blinding talent of the choreographers, the beauty and grace of these dancers, with personalities that cannot be contained by TV screen, even the film screen. The outright humanity of these people who appear to be ethereal creatures on stage and on screen, who, after all these years, still eloquent, still haughty and well aware of their talent and their place in cultural history. Most of all still passionate about their art. All these, and there is the dance, the music goes on, and they leap and jump and twirl and pirouette and fouette their way into legend.
The feature opens with 2 quotes, a wonderful long quote from Dame Alicia Markova, "suddenly, I can see everything...", and "it is the nature of dance to exist but for a moment." This treasure trove of archival footages ensure that they'll never age, never die, and will be young, healthy and forever doing what they love best.