Giselle & Pina in 3D

Two upcoming “dance in 3D” releases for the UK:


The Mariinsky Ballet’s Giselle, the first ballet production to be filmed in 3D, will be screening across the UK on 29 March, 3 and 5 April.

The filming in 3D is designed to create a pixel-perfect production which captures the movement of a world-class performance in a new way. The corps de ballet fan away from the viewer and the leads dance with stunning realism, giving cinema audiences worldwide a ‘best seat in the house’ experience. The production will feature guest performer Natalia Osipova as Giselle and Leonid Sarafanov as Albrecht.

Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky, said of the future of ballet broadcasts in 3D:

It is important as theatrical companies that we all try daring projects. This will be a progressive move to ensure that the future of ballet and opera is never questioned.

Further Information


Acclaimed movie director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, The Buena Vista Social Club) presents a revolutionary new 3D film that captures the aesthetic of Pina Bausch’s greatest works in a thrilling way. This promises to be one of the cinema experiences of the year and a feast for the senses.

Special Events:

  • Special preview and introduction by Wim Wenders – Tuesday 12 April, 9.20pm, Curzon Mayfair

A preview screening of Pina, introduced by the director. Book your tickets here.

  • Curzon Screen Salon: Pina and Dance on Film – Monday 25 April, 5.00pm, Curzon Mayfair

This Screen Salon looks at the rich and diverse relationship between dance and film, from An American in Paris to Fish Tank. Hosted by Ian Haydn Smith, Editor of the International Film Guide. Book your tickets here.

Watch the Trailers:

Giselle in 3D


We started The Ballet Bag in April 2009 with the mission to prove that ballet is not stuffy, old fashioned and inaccessible; that it is quite the opposite: relevant, fresh and topical. With the aim to Give Ballet a New Spin we try to show it under a different light. When writing our capsule biographies, ballet fact cards, review roundups and commentary on social media, we cross it over with other art forms and cultural references (pop culture, cinema, rock music – ie. other things we love!).


  • September 3, 2011


    Hi Raymond,

    Many thanks for your comment. While we did love Pina in 3D (we’re fans of the late choreographer and of the director, Wim Wenders) it is always interesting for us to compare notes and read different reactions, after all, discussing dance online would not be so interesting if everyone liked exactly the same works. Even though the movie was generally acclaimed by critics in the UK, some were not so taken, especially when it came to the “Full Moon” segment. While I thought this piece was full of impact, some considered it – as you put it – very self indulgent indeed.

  • September 2, 2011

    Raymond Fealy

    ‘Pina’ the movie is the greatest heap of dance stupidity I have ever seen.
    As a ballet lover for more than 60 years I am fully aware of the distinction that needs to be made between traditional Ballet , and modern dance forms.
    However, this modern dance should never be referred to as ballet. To do so is as ridiculous as referring to ‘Rock’ music as modern classical music. They are ‘chalk and cheese’ as we say.
    At best, I would refer to ‘Pina’ as an experimental dance form. It is self indulgence on the part of the choreographer, in my view. To each his own I guess.