Friday, October 15, 2010

Ballerina: A Documentary by Bertrand Normand

I recently bought this extremely well-made and fascinating documentary that follows five Kirov ballerinas over the course of about two years. Featured in the film are Alina Somova, Yevgenia Obraztsova, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva and Ulyana Lopatkina. 

These dancers are all unbelievably beautiful and talented. Their bodies are perfect: very long limbs, perfect feet, gracefully held necks, and they are all super, super skinny. 

I have always admired Svetlana Zackharova, who is now prima ballerina at the Bolshoi, because of her beautiful figure. 

At the time of filming, Alina Somova, pictured above in Swan Lake, was just graduating from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. She is now a principal with the Mariinsky Ballet (at age 25) and a new favourite of mine. She is extremely pretty and her legs are insanely hyperextended!

If you ever wanted to learn about self-discipline, watch this film. The physical rigour that these tiny dancers put themselves through is mind-boggling.

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