Ballet Legends: Ninel Kurgapkina

Ballet Legends: Ninel Kurgapkina

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--A compilation of electrifying performances from this long-time Kirov prima ballerina, including "Harlequinade" and "Sleeping Beauty."

--This documentary focuses on one of the finest ballerinas who ever danced with the Kirov Ballet -- Ninel Kurgapkina.
A brilliant technician and a fine dramatic actress, Kurgapkina graced the Kirov's stage for a quarter of a century. When she retired in 1972, she continued to influence future generations by taking a position as Director of the St. Petersburg Choreographic School.
Here she performs excerpts from a number of classical ballets: "Don Quixote", "Le Corsaire" "Sleeping Beauty" and "Harlequinade". Also included are two waltzes to the music of Strauss and Shostakovitch.

--This video includes performance selections from:
"Don Quixote": choreography by Marius Petipa, music by Leon Minkus.
"Waltz": music by Strauss.
"Harlequinade": music by Riccardo Drigo.
"Le Corsaire": choreography by Marius Petipa, music by Adolphe Adam.
"Waltz": music by Dmitri Shostakovitch.
"Sleeping Beauty": choreography by Marius Petipa, music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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