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18 September 2018


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Author: The Editors


Sep/Oct 2017
Social Issues
Page 16   ( 2 pages)


Summary: On the preemptive shutdown of a ballet directed by Krill Serebennikov, who, subsequent to this issue going to press, was arrested on trumped up charges of financial fraud.


Extract:

This summer, Moscow ballet lovers gasped at news of the Bolshoi’s last-minute cancellation of the premiere of Nureyev, a ballet about the flamboyant dance legend Rudolph Nureyev.

Nureyev, known as “the Lord of the Dance,” defected to the West in 1961 and had a turbulent sex life as an openly gay man. He eventually died from complications related to AIDS in 1993.

The ballet, an eagerly-awaited multi-genre production with new music and choreography, was directed by Kirill Serebrennikov.

Immediately, rumors and questions with diametrically-opposed answers swirled as to what precipitated the move, something that has not happened since Soviet times.

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