Actually this is just part 1 of 2, but…it just gets stranger.
The way the girl talks in the beginning, some people making remarks on YouTube thought she had been in the corps for 10 years. It sure does sound that way. But I think what is meant was that she and all the other “swans” in the dressing room at the time had all just graduated from the school together and gone into the Bolshoi together. That in itself is odd: there look to be quite a few girls in the dressing room and later in the video it’s stated that each beginner class has only about 15 aspirants. By the time graduation would roll around, at least half of them would have quit or been shown the door long before. So there may be too many girls in the dressing room for that statement. I also wonder if the Bolshoi has ever accepted entire classes of graduates into the company together. Perhaps in the old days they did; I do recall long ago hearing something about the Russian schools putting their students on different career tracks: some were trained to become soloists, some were trained for the corps. I have no idea if this is completely true, though. I rather doubt it, although I do know that the tiny classes of graduating girls and boys in the Russian academies nowadays are definitely trained for soloist work, whether they ever actually become soloists (or even manage to get jobs) or not.
There are also way too many dancers in the “class” scenes if one considers the stringent entrance requirements and the inevitable attrition.
But it gets even stranger: the principals dance for the corps’ amusement in full costume with a full orchestra in a rehearsal hall? Uh-huh. Sure.
All in all, it’s very, very weird. But if you are interested in a rose-colored slice of ballet history, from a time when the goings-on in the old U.S.S.R. were a mystery to us in the west, watch this. There may be a few grains of truth in the film, but I’ll bet 9/10’s of it is fantasy. It’s interesting anyway.
And the thought occurs that it may contain more accurate information than does Breaking Pointe.