Celebrate one of ballet’s greatest heroes at Alliance Française
Russian dance superstar Rudolf Nureyev exploded into global consciousness in 1961 when he made a historic dash from his KGB bodyguards into the arms of French police at Le Bourget airport in Paris at the height of the Cold War.
Classical ballet had never seen anything quite like him. Beautiful and supremely athletic, magnetic and dramatic, Nureyev’s star shone even brighter when he teamed up with Margot Fonteyn, prima ballerina at The Royal Ballet. Mixing classical and contemporary dance, the pair would perform live on primetime TV in America, and whenever they graced the world’s stages they would get upwards of 20 curtain calls.
After The Royal Ballet, Nureyev became principal dancer and then chief choreographer and director of the Paris Opera Ballet. His connection with the country that helped give birth to classical ballet was deep and enduring.
Now you can get up close and personal with this revolutionary dancer at the Nureyev On Stage exhibition at the Alliance Francaise Singapour – extended to 25 Sep due to popular demand. Here are three highlights of this celebration of ballet.
14 costumes worn by Nureyev
Nureyev collaborated with designers to create costumes that afforded him greater freedom of movement and showed off his extraordinary physique. The exhibition presents 14 original costumes worn by Nureyev in some of his signature roles, including Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake and Solor in La Bayadère.
49 unpublished photographs
See stunning photos of Nureyev taken during some of his most iconic performances, all drawn from the private collection of Charles Jude, one of Nureyev’s protégés at the Paris Opera Ballet.
Ballet film screenings
Experience the excitement of Nureyev’s revelatory, explosive performances in Paris and his dramatic defection (The White Crow). See the inner workings of the Paris Opera Ballet during a period of artistic upheaval (Reset).
(Photos: Alliance Française Singapour, Sony Pictures)