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Holding on to the Barre is a documentary about a classically trained dancer's stamina and fight to recover. The tragic experience of former principal ballerina of the Boston Ballet, Marie-Christine Mouis, whose "technique, expression and womanly sensuality set her apart from other dancers" and who is today confined to a wheelchair, doesn't alter her belief that she will win.

It was just a little more than a decade that she was still dancing and appeared on the New York stage. But a few years ago Marie-Christine fell ill with an unknown disease. Finally, after doing research, she realized she had Lyme disease.

Better known as MC, Marie-Christine lives in New York with her 15 year-old daughter, Annabelle. Even in her resistance to pain or persistent self-treatment, Marie-Christine never loses her sense of humor, her charm and disarming smile.

This film explores the struggles that MC faces, yet shows her firm determination to defeat the disease.

Production Team

Barre

Producers

Yelena Demikovsky more »
Yelena

Award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker with a broad theatre background, Yelena Demikovsky grew up in Russia during the Cold War. After getting her Master's degree at Moscow Theatre Academy, she was offered an Associate Professor position at the same academy where she taught acting and directing.

Yelena moved to America in 1992 and went to Emerson College in Boston, MA where she got her second Master's in Communication, TV and Video production. She made her first documentary on the history of Orthodox Church in America while still in Boston and the film went to distribution.

After moving to New York in 1995 she directed plays in various theatres and then moved on to mostly dedicating herself to film. She directed a few award-winning documentaries and short narratives and has been writing scripts.

Demikovsky has produced two symposia on ballet star Rudolf Nureyev — one in New York (1997), the other in St. Petersburg, Russia (1998). She also contributed interviews and translations to four authors of Nureyev biographies.

Fatima Benbrahim more »
Fatima Benbrahim

Born in Morocco, Fatima Benbrahim was editor of Red Palette Pictures shorts Shell and Through The Door as well as the documentaries Happy To Be So and Vera. An Intimate Sketch.

Her experience working for various international television stations — PBS/WNET Thirteen, TV5, France 2, France 3, Al-Jazeera, MBC, Abu Dhabi TV and Morocco’s 2M TV — and renowned film directors has given her universal exposure. She has worked in many formats and editing systems

DIRECTOR

Yelena Demikovsky more »
Yelena

Award-winning documentary and narrative filmmaker with a broad theatre background, Yelena Demikovsky grew up in Russia during the Cold War. After getting her Master's degree at Moscow Theatre Academy, she was offered an Associate Professor position at the same academy where she taught acting and directing.

Yelena moved to America in 1992 and went to Emerson College in Boston, MA where she got her second Master's in Communication, TV and Video production. She made her first documentary on the history of Orthodox Church in America while still in Boston and the film went to distribution.

After moving to New York in 1995 she directed plays in various theatres and then moved on to mostly dedicating herself to film. She directed a few award-winning documentaries and short narratives and has been writing scripts.

Demikovsky has produced two symposia on ballet star Rudolf Nureyev — one in New York (1997), the other in St. Petersburg, Russia (1998). She also contributed interviews and translations to four authors of Nureyev biographies.

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Piero Basso (New York) more »
Piero Basso

Born and raised in northern Italy, Piero studied Cinema and Art Studies at the University of Turin. There he developed a deep interest in visual storytelling. Piero began building a career as a director of photography while also working as a Steadicam operator. He photographed a number of award winning films and documentaries as well as four feature films and several shorts.

After moving to New York in 2008, Piero has worked on numerous projects including documentaries and narratives. He is now a part of several projects with Red Palette Pictures. In addition, he teaches at the New York Film Academy. www.pierobasso.com

Miko Malkhasyan (New York) more »
>Miko Malkhasyan

Miko is from Armenia where he received his BA from the Film Department at the Abovyan State Pedagogical Institute in Yerevan. Getting his start as a freelance cameraman, Miko displays his artistry through various types of camerawork. In 2009, he was Lecturer of Cinematography at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Film.

Additionally, Miko has participated in more than eight documentaries, nine feature films, and one hundred music videos and commercials, and pop, classic and folk concerts —many of which have earned him awards and some of which will be sampled in his upcoming reel.

Miko joined the Red Palette Pictures team in 2012 and has been participating in Then Comes The Glory and Black Russians documentaries as a DP-Camera operator, and working as a DP on yet another work-in-progress with New York musicians, tentatively called "Peace Project."

Camera Operators

Oskar Peacock
Snyder Derival
Johnny Lluberes

Editor

Josh Hansen

Project consultants and assistants

Stas Kmiec more »
Stas Kmiec

STAS KMIEC appeared on Broadway with Lee Theodore’s American Dancemachine, in Don Quixote with Rudolf Nureyev, and toured nationally in Fiddler on the Roof, starring Theodore Bikel.

He has danced professionally with The Boston Ballet and The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, toured worldwide with Rudolf Nureyev, and has appeared on film and TV. His choreography has been seen Off-Broadway, regionally, abroad, and on tour – including a national tour of Me and My Girl and the Irish premiere of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Kmiec was the Artistic Director of Ballet Wester Reserve, and has taught workshops and seminars in Theater Dance, Ballet and Character Dance at leading universities and dance training programs. He is the foremost U.S. authority on Polish Dance and PBS television resident expert on Polish culture, and is the recipient of Poland’s highest cultural honor – The Oskar Kolberg Award.

Kmiec was a principal instructor of The New York City Ballet Workout and has created several dance-fitness programs for New York Sports Clubs and Town Sports International. He is a graduate of Tufts University (BA) and the University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska (BA, MA).

Stas is a member of the professional unions: Actors’ Equity, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Screen Actors’ Guild, and The American Guild of Musical Artists. balart.com/StasKmiec

Nancy Sifton more »
Nancy Sifton

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Nancy has worked with Yelena Demikovsky since 1997, assisting with the first Rudolf Nureyev Symposium in New York and in 1998 with the St. Petersburg, Russia symposium.

She served as Project Assistant on The Story Of Fenist, and has provided administrative assistance for numerous projects at Red Palette Pictures. Nancy completed her Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University and has written reviews for several publications and is a regular contributor to ballethotline.com.

Melissa Espinosa

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