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documentary Mariinsky, building a music city Jack Diamond's Mariinsky II

Jack Diamond's Mariinsky II

Mariinsky, building a music city Jack Diamond's Mariinsky II


Completed in 1860 in a “Renaissance-baroque” style, the Mariinsky Theater represented the international state-of-the-art in dance throughout the second half of the 19th century. Yet the Russian Revolution sent the building into decline, and it progressively lost its prestige despite the success of its dance school. May 2013 saw the inauguration of a new cultural complex—Mariinsky II—featuring three new performances spaces and built on the same campus as its legendary predecessor. In this documentary, Yosif Feyginberg and Olivier Roussille transport us back in time, allowing us to relive the theater’s construction! The filmmakers weave together photos of the construction site, architectural plans from archives, and interviews with Valery Gergiev, architects, acoustics specialists, and opera stars to create a special journey to the heart of St. Petersburg, “the opera city”.

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  • Directed by:
    • Yosif Feyginberg
    • Olivier Roussille
  • Venue: Mariinsky II (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • Production date: 2013
  • Duration: 52 min
  • Production: © French Connection Films, BL Productions Inc.
  • Available version(s): FR, EN
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