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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.


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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