Rudolf Nureyev was a Soviet ballet and contemporary dancer and choreographer. Named Lord of the Dance, he is widely regarded as the greatest male ballet dancer of his generation. Nureyev was director of the Paris Opera Ballet from 1983 to 1989 and its chief choreographer until October 1992. He produced his own interpretations of numerous classical works, including Swan Lake, Giselle, and La Bayadère.
Nureyev had his early career with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg. He defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. This was the first defection of a Soviet artist during the Cold War and it created an international sensation. He went on to dance with The Royal Ballet in London and serve as director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
In cinemas from September 25th 2018
This striking and moving documentary from BAFTA nominated directors, Jacqui and David Morris, traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer, who transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time. It charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world. The film contextualises not just the man but also the times in which he lived, discussing the politically charged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural and global phenomenon. It also portrays his enduring relationship with his beloved dance partner, Dame Margot Fonteyn, the most famed Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet.
Blending never-before-seen footage, an original score by award-winning composer Alex Baranowski, and a spellbinding series of exclusive modern dance tableaux directed by Royal Ballet alumnus Russell Maliphant, Nureyev is a theatrical and cinematic experience like no other. Distributed by Piece of Magic Entertainment to cinema audiences across the globe, Nureyev brings over 16 minutes of never-before-seen footage, and is officially supported by Rudolph Nureyev Foundation and GAY PRIDE Worldwide.