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    Sacred Stage: The Mariinsky Theater

    Sacred Stage: The Mariinsky Theater is an enchanting look into the iconic theater that is synonymous with the excellence in Russian arts and its miraculous survival through upheavals at the dawn and close of the 20th century.

    ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

    Lisa Kirk Colburn

    Screenwriter, director, producer and executive producer, Colburn has served on the Board of Trustees for Young Arts, working in conjunction with the Sundance Theatre Lab and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

    FILM SYNOPSIS

    Set against the backdrop of the magical White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg, Sacred Stage features the best in Russian symphonic music, ballet and opera at Russia’s premier theater—the Mariinsky.

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    Also known as the Kirov Opera and Ballet Theater, the Mariinsky Theater is one of the world’s most prestigious venues for music and dance. Built in 1859, the building briefly fell into disuse following the Soviet Revolution in 1917, but was reopened as a cultural center that brought high art to the people. Despite extensive damage during the Siege of Leningrad, the building was restored in 1944.

    Though it played host to some of Russia’s most famous performers for over a century, the Mariinsky’s future became uncertain following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Through the work of artistic director Valery Gergiev, the theater has re-established its reputation as one of the most vital centers for opera and ballet in the world, and attracts patrons from all corners of the globe.

    Sacred Stage tells the astonishing story of the Mariinsky’s survival, illustrated with stunning performances from the opera and ballet, as well as candid interviews with luminaries, scholars and performers.

    “Cinematic images capture the deep truth I’m always searching for.”
    —Lisa Kirk Colburn
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    FILM INFO

    Title: Sacred Stage: The Mariinsky Theater
    Film length: 60 minutes
    Directed by: Joshua Waletzky
    Produced by: Lisa Kirk Colburn
    Official film website: RedFireFilmsLLC.com
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