Boris Volkoff – The Russian Father Of The Canadian Ballet

Director: Maxim Kravchinsky

This documentary is about Boris Volkoff known in Canada by his exclusive nickname “Mr. Ballet.” He opened the first ballet studio in Toronto and represented the country at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. However, despite all of his achievements, today his name is hardly known even to specialists, and representatives of the National Ballet of Canada (which was founded in 1951 by the students of Volkoff’s studio) flatly refuse to talk about him. How did it happen that the name of “the father of Canadian ballet” is now almost completely forgotten, or perhaps deliberately deleted from human memory? Our filmmakers have tried to solve this mystery.

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