The creative vision of one man transformed a community of farmers into a centre of modern art. Russian artist Nikolay Polissky turned his village into an artistic colony, where residents are the co-authors of his monumental nature-inspired sculptures. Twice a year, the village holds the largest Land-Art festival in Russia - Archstoyanie.
"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 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.
Extended version. The famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg welcomes the most talented and determined young dancers, who are willing to dedicate their lives to ballet. Director's cut.
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.
Few places in the world still teach fine arts the old way, where form is everything, but the St-Petersburg academy of fine arts is one of them. It’s the oldest art school in Russia and students from all over the world dream of studying within its ancient walls, they believe it’s a place that sets the gold standard in teaching classic art.
Music is their life. It’s their best friend that cheers them up in difficult times. And it's their gift to others. They perform in the streets and on the trains. They sing in bars, often for free, and dream of a big break. Meet the happy-go-lucky street musicians of Moscow.
Artist Sergey has turned his life into one big journey. He travels around the world, paints people and they give him goods in return. He calls it a game and the mission is to survive without money. We join him on his travels and see how his enterprise is getting on.
On April 25, 1945, a historic meeting took place. Soviet troops had been pushing towards the Nazi army from the east, while the Americans attacked from the west. On this day, the allies met at the Elbe River. Now, two veterans of that decisive event meet again in Moscow to remember their victory.