Q&A with Natalia Makarova to follow the screening.

Natalia Makarova, the legendary prima ballerina whose performances set the standard for artistry in roles such as Swan Lake’s 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.”

SHOWN WITH: Carmen Pas de Deux and Proust Pas de Deux
Makarova and Denys Ganio (the coach for Aran, one of the subjects of First Position) perform two Roland Petit excerpts from the TV special “Natasha,” produced and directed by Derek Bailey (England, 1985; 16m). The two excerpts demonstrate Makarova’s adaptability to new repertory. From Petipa to Petit, she makes a stunning transformation. Film excerpts from Makarova’s personal archive, shown with her permission and with thanks.