Rudolph Nureyev: Dance to Freedom

Opening night of our Dance of Film series, Q&A with dancer David Hallberg and choreographer Peter Pucci, book signing, and reception

The Soviets knew they were taking a risk when they sent Rudolf Nureyev on tour with the Kirov Ballet in 1961. Back home, the young dancer scorned the company’s strict hierarchy and its repertoire of state-approved ballets. In Paris he eluded his KGB handlers to party with the bohemian set and delivered bravura performances that brought audiences to their feet. Then, informed at the airport that he’d be sent back to Moscow, Nureyev hurled himself into the arms of French police in the most spectacular defection in Russian history. The events leading up to Nureyev’s “dance to freedom” are recreated in this fascinating docudrama, starring the Bolshoi Ballet’s Artem Ovcharenko, who conveys Nureyev’s “tightly coiled energy, the obsessive artistry, and the gambler’s instinct that made the star kick so hard against the limits of his world” (The Guardian).

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road
Pleasantville, 10570
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Times: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Ticket pricing:

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- $20 (nonmembers)

Presenter: Jacob Burns Film Center
Presenter Phone: 9147475555
Presenter Website: https://burnsfilmcenter.org/

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This series is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor.