The 2014 feature documentary, Mia, a dancer’s journey, recently won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for the category of arts and culture/history. The film chronicles the life and legacy of Croatian-born prima ballerina Mia Slavenska. Written, produced and directed by Slavenska’s daughter Maria Ramas, it pays tribute to one of history’s most beloved ballet dancers.
Slavenska, a pioneer of American ballet, rose to international stardom while touring throughout the United States with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She later founded her own ballet company and commissioned the first ballet translated from a modern play (Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire). Before her death in 2002, Slavenska feared being forgotten and made her daughter promise to tell her story. Mia, a dancer’s journey makes good on that promise.
Mark your calendars! The film will air on PBS SoCal, September 15 at 10 pm. For more info, visit miasfilm.com.
Photos courtesy of PBS SoCal.