Natalia Makarova is considered one of the great ballerinas of her time, whose flawless Kirov Ballet training made her a role model for future dancers. Dance on Camera celebrates her 75th year by presenting “Body and Soul,” the first segment of the Emmy-nominated Ballerina series that she conceived, wrote, and narrated for BBC TV. Unseen for many years, the four-part documentary, from which Program 1 will be shown, examines the qualities that define a true ballerina, with Makarova sharing rare footage of legendary figures Maya Plisetskaya, Margot Fonteyn, Carla Fracci, and the remarkable Sylvie Guillem when she first joined the Paris Opera Ballet. Choreographers Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, and Maurice Bejart provide additional commentary.
Excerpts from Makarova’s personal archive, including selections from her signature roles in Onegin, Manon, Swan Lake, and more. (Digibeta, 20m)