Makarova: In A Class of her Own

Makarova: In A Class of her Own

Natalia Makarova, the legendary prima ballerina whose performances set the standard for artistry in roles such as Odette/Odile and Giselle, to name a few, demonstrates a touching humility and dedication to her craft in this intimate video portrait. The director shows her at the barre under the tutelage of the great pedagogue Irina Yakobsen, in candid conversation with choreographer Roland Petit; and in the creation of Petit’s ballet ‘“The Blue Angel.” Screening With  Carmen Pas de Deux and Proust Pas de Deux Makarova and Denys Ganio of Paris Opera Ballet perform two Petit excerpts from film “Natasha”, produced and directed by Derek Bailey, England, 1985; 15m Two excerpts which provide a glimpse into Makarova’s unusual versatility as a dancer. From Petipa to Petit, she makes a stunning transformation.