Homage to Rudolph Nureyev

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A Ballet Gala in memory of the legendary ballet star Rudolph Nureyev, celebrating his extraordinary career from Kirov soloist to masterly choreographer. After his defection to the West in 1961, Nureyev became a household name – delighting audiences with his electrifying and daring performances – but he never forgot his roots and did much to revive the Russian tradition. Perhaps the greatest male dancer since Nijinsky, his longstanding partnership with Dame Margot Fonteyn of the Royal Ballet was one of the most famous in the history of dance.

The programme of the gala concert includes excerpts from such masterpieces as La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Manon, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Le Corsair, as well as the short ballets The Moor’s Pavane (choreography by Jose Limon), Afternoon of a Faun (choreography by Jerome Robbins) and the last movements from Pierrot Lunaire (Choreography by Glen Tetley). Nureyev’s dance and choreographic repertoire will be performed by international stars from the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Berlin Staatsballet and Wiener Staatsballet.

Among them: Alina Cojocaru, Olga Esina, Mara Galeazzi, Dmitri Gruzdyev, Dmitri Gudanov, Nina Kaptsova, Ivan Kozlov , Manuel Legris, Ulyana Lopatkina, David Makhateli, Roberta Marquez, Andrei Merkuriev, Marianela Nunez, Ivan Putrov, Gil Roman, Farukh Ruzimatov, Vladimir Shishov, Inaki Urlezaga, Edward Watson, Svetlana Zakharova and Igor Zelensky.

The ballet gala will be accompanied by the orchestra of the English National Ballet conducted by Valery Ovsyannikov.

The gala evening will draw a link between Nureyev’s brilliant career in the West and his early years courtesy of the Rudolph Nureyev Classical Ballet Festival, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.


21 March 2010


Coliseum Theatre (English National Opera), London





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