Monday, December 11, 2017

Controversial 'Nureyev' Ballet Premieres After 5-Month Delay

A scene from “Nureyev” at the Bolshoi, with Vladislav Lantratov (in tuxedo) in the title role.
CreditMikhail Loginov/Bolshoi Theater

The Independent reports:

On Saturday [Dec. 9, 2017], five months late, Russia’s most controversial ballet in years opened at the Bolshoi.

Nureyev, which traces the life and AIDS-related death of Soviet dancer and choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, had been pulled just two days before its scheduled premiere in July. Insiders suggested the ballet’s frank treatment of homosexuality – and a reported intervention by the culture ministry – lay behind the dramatic decision to cancel. The parallel investigation and August arrest of the ballet’s director, Kirill Serebrennikov, added to those suspicions.

Right up until the last moment, there were doubts that the premiere would ever happen. Speaking on Friday, lead dancer Vladislav Lantratov, who plays Nureyev, said the experience in July had been “very difficult.” The cast had “dreamed the show would happen,” he said.

See full story from the Independent here.

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