Ballet’s best tour SA

2008-04-29 00:00

STARS of the Ballet Moscow is coming to South Africa on a tour to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Rudolf Nureyev. Nureyev is regarded as one of the greatest male dancers of the 20th century and perhaps of all time. There will be two performances in Durban on May 17, at 3 pm and 7 pm.

Stars of the Ballet Moscow, under the direction of Yuri Vetrov, a former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, pays tribute to the greatest dancers the world has ever known. World-renowned soloists and laureate award-winners from ballet companies such as the Moscow State Classical Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Russian National Ballet, Kremlin Ballet, Crown of the Russian Ballet and the Metropolitan Classical Ballet (United States) will participate in this production.

The first part of the programme includes a documentary film made of the life of Nureyev, together with scenes from La Bayadere, Don Quixote (Ludwig Minkus), Les Sylphides (Frédéric Chopin) and The Dying Swan (Camille Saint-Saëns) performed by artists of Stars of the Ballet Moscow.

The second half of the programme will be the suite from the ballet Raymonda by Alexander Glazunov, featuring prima ballerina Marina Rzhannikova of the Moscow State Classical Ballet.

Nureyev was born in March 1938. At a very young age he started doing folk dancing. In Leningrad he studied under Alexander Pushkin and soon became a soloist dancer with the Kirov Ballet, dancing roles in Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty. In 1961, during a visit to Paris, he decided to seek asylum in the West. The same year, Margot Fonteyn invited him to participate in an annual gala organised by her, which was followed by partnering her in Giselle in February, 1962. Their partnership became the most famous in modern ballet history. In 1983, he was appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet. During this period he returned to Leningrad after 28 years of exile. In 1993 he died in Paris.

His repertoire included: Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, The Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, Apollon, Manfred, Song of A Wayfarer, Marguerite and Armand, The Young Man and Death, Le Spectre de la Rose, Les Sylphides, Petruschka and Sheherazade.

Book for the Durban performances through Computicket at 011 340 8000 or 083 915 8000, or Tickets range from R125 to R225. The Stars of the Ballet Moscow tour also goes to Johannesburg, Sasolburg, Potchefstroom, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.