Underground Ballet

About The Film

Her own career nipped in the bud, a Russian-Israeli ballet instructor keeps her mother’s legacy alive by establishing a dance studio in one of the unlikeliest places imaginable. In 1991, Nadya Timofeyeva abruptly moved to Jerusalem with her mother Nina, a prima ballerina and choreographer for Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. With no other means of supporting themselves, mother and daughter opened a ballet school tucked beneath the bleachers of Jerusalem’s soccer venue, Teddy Stadium. While raucous fans above cheer the footwork of Beitar Jerusalem, students below execute dazzling dance moves of their own. This surreal intersection of sport and art is the Haifa Film Festival’s Best Israeli Documentary prizewinner.

Film Details

Running Time 
53 minutes
Viewing Region 
North American Premiere