“In great hearts the cruelty of life gives birth to good.” Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate

By Yuri Possokhov
A film by Thomas James

A former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, world-renowned choreographer Yuri Possokhov creates for a UK company for the first time.

His piece for four dancers, Senseless Kindness, is based on Vasily Grossman’s great novel, Life and Fate, about a Russian family caught in the Second World War, and is set to Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No1. Using bold lighting and a stark, textured black and white approach, director Thomas James’s poetic and elegant film reveals the frantic endurance of the human spirit to endure, and to enjoy.

Dancers: Francesco Gabriele Frola, Emma Hawes, Isaac Hernández, Alison McWhinney

Rental also includes a bonus Behind the Scenes mini-documentary, featuring Yuri Possokhov, and dancers Alison McWhinney and Isaac Hernandez. Documentary by Michael Nunn & William Trevitt.

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