Prima (USA) 58 minutes – 1192

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‘Prima’ is a portrait of Larissa Ponomarenko, Prima Ballerina of the Boston Ballet. Through flashbacks to her journey from the childhood and difficult training in Russia to her emergence as the prima ballerina of Boston Ballet, the film captures the vitality and beauty of her dance. It is a story of hard work and determination, of devotion to the arts, and of an extraordinary dancer’s transition from the stage, to her new life as mentor for aspiring dancers who follow in her footsteps. After dancing Russian classic ballet, Larissa pushes the boundaries, displaying the soulful exuberance of dance. Her body language tells her deep personal story in a most beautiful and unconventional manner, the story of the ordinary life of one extra-ordinary person.  9/3 4:00 p.m. – Eccles Mainstage Theatre;  9/4 7:35 p.m. – Dunford Auditorium;  9/5 8:30 p.m. – Green Valley Spa;  9/10 2:30 p.m. – Mesquite;  9/11 7:00 p.m. – Mesquite