Slavenska

Mia, A Dancer’s Journey


One of the most celebrated ballerinas of the 20th century, Mia Slavenska was Croatia’s greatest dancer and a pioneer in American ballet. A daughter’s promise to tell her mother’s story serves as the starting point for this documentary, which becomes a fascinating and moving reflection on historical memory, national identity and the power of dance. The film traces Mia’s journey from tumultuous prewar Europe through her emergence as a glamorous ballerina of the Ballets Russes and a star attraction on stages across America, culminating with her return to her homeland.