New York City Ballet: Bringing Balanchine Back tells the story of New York City Ballet¹s historic visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, to perform at the famed Maryinsky Theatre, where ballet legend and NYCB Co-Founder George Balanchine received his training and began his career. One of the most famous theaters in the world, the Maryinsky is where Tschaikovsky created The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty, and where other greats of the ballet world such as Nureyev, Nijinsky, and Baryshnikov took their first ballet steps.
The eagerly-anticipated trip coincides with worldwide celebrations marking the centennial of Balanchine¹s birth, and takes place during St. Petersburg¹s annual White Nights festival. Narrated by Kevin Kline, this DVD includes performance footage of several of Balanchine¹s most acclaimed works, as well as ballets by Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins, and a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes at a number of backstage dramas.
Note: This version contains over 40 minutes of additional footage not seen on PBS!
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