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A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev

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Three Great Ballets
A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev, english national ballet, eno

Born in Soviet Russia in 1938, Rudolf Nureyev is one of the world's most celebrate ballet dancers. A controversial figure, he had a hot temper and often broke the rules: he defected from the Soviet Union in 1961, and was bisexual during an era when it was illegal and punishable by imprisonment or castration. But it was his defiance that also made him so brilliant. Nureyev revoltionized ballet for male dancers, who at the time, merely had supporting roles for the women.

Nureyev lived with HIV for many years, but never told anyone - probably due to societal homophobia - and sadly died of AIDs in 1993, at the age of 54.

As a tribute to the great ballet dancer, The English National Ballet is holding a Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev between the 25th-27th July. Tickets are 10-67, and the show will celebrate his legacy with three productions; first is Petrushka, which Nureyev performed across the the world throughout his career. It is the story of a puppet caught in a love triangle the Ballerina and the Moor.

Song of a Wayfarer is a ballet made especially for male dancers, and explores the move Nureyev made to contemporary French dance in the 1970's. Finally, there will be a partial performance of Raymonda, in which the final act will be shown to celebrate Nureyev's 1969 performance.

There will also be a number of behind the scene opportunities, including a look at rehearsals on the 19th July, workshops on the 25th & 27th July, classes on the 26th & 27th July, and a back stage tour on the 27th July,
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Why? Three unique performances
When: 19th-27th July
Phone: 020 7845 9300
Where: London Coliseum
Cost: 10-67
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