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Ballet in Three Acts, with prologue and epilogue



Sri Lanka, 2020, HD - Color - 48

DIRECTED BY:
Daniya Wickramasinghe

CAST:
Andrey Merkuriev

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Ivan Ponomarev

EDITING:
Daniya Wickramasinghe

MUSIC:
Madhun Dissanayake

SOUND:
Madhun Dissanayake/Daniya Wickramasinghe

PRODUCER:
Daniya Wickramasinghe

STORY DESCRIPTION:

"Ballet in Three Acts, with prologue and epilogue" is a story of a ballet soloist Andrey Merkuriev of Bolshoi Theater, set in an unexplored space between the dancer's imagination and backstage reality.Ardent for dance and devoted to giving his most on stage, unwavering, punctilious Andrey stands out amid the Theatre’s realm of absurdities, institutional bleakness, and stress.His portrayal of three stage roles: Magician, Old Father and Toreador from iconic ballets of The Nutcracker, Lady of Camellias and Don Quixote, take place in a world where reality is blurred with fantasy. In this space Andrey's consciousness intertwines with his performance, while abstract becomes tangible, and stage and human experiences cross paths.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Daniya Wickramasinghe is a Moscow-born, Sri Lanka based film director. Her work previously include videos, advertisement and theater collaborations, linked to a small independent production studio. This is her first documentary feature as a Director and Producer.

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