After leaving the Moscow Ballet company to pursue his career in classical ballet, soloist Dmitry Prusakov joins the famous Kremlin Ballet. He now works inside the Kremlin walls, in the very heart of Moscow. This is a dream job for many dancers, but those who get in must prove themselves.
Tensions are running high in the theatre of another "Arabesque" competition contestant, Japanese dancer, Hayato Nisidzima. He and his colleagues at the Moscow Ballet are devoted fans of classical ballet, while their choreographer prefers contemporary dance.
In this episode, we spend more time with two of the "Arabesque" ballet competition contestants. Anna and Ivan are married and both work at the Natalya Sats Children’s Music Theatre, where they’re dance partners. During a rehearsal, Anna breaks her foot, putting the couple’s participation in jeopardy.
"Arabesque" is an international ballet competition held in Russia. A victory here is a significant achievement that can launch an emerging talent's career. In this episode, we meet young hopefuls from Russia and across the world are ready to take on the competition.
The Russian Ballet company’s exhausting tour of Germany has come to an end, but there’s no time to relax. The decision has been made to stage “The Last Tango”, a production that had previously been cancelled due to Anna’s illness. The team takes on this new challenge.
The tour of Germany has a gruelling schedule and it’s beginning to take its toll on the ballet dancers. Dmitry is under the weather and Anna’s desperate for a day off, but they have no time to relax. Next stop is Frankfurt – the first German city to welcome the Russian dancers. Here they’ll encounter a very demanding audience.
The Russian Ballet Theatre goes on a tour of Germany. A gruelling schedule leaves them no time for rest or sightseeing. Checking into a different city every day, they need to quickly adapt to new places and stages…some of which prove extraordinary difficult to dance on.
Young Sofia Valiulina is entrusted with a lead role in “The Nutcracker” and now has to prove herself to her teachers. She’s technically capable of performing the role, but can she hold her nerve? Meanwhile, Arutyun decides not to wait for his injured foot to heal completely before making a return to the stage.
In the second episode, we get to meet some of Russia’s foremost ballet dancers. They are the stars of the show, basking in the limelight and the adoration of their audiences. But they also carry the lion’s share of the responsibility for the success of their show. They must stay in perfect shape and can’t even afford to fall ill.
This series takes you behind the scenes at the Russian Ballet: from the classrooms of the famous Vaganova Academy, to backstage at the biggest Russian theatres. Meet renowned prima ballerinas and discover what it takes for them to stay at the top of their game.