Magazine article Musical Opinion

NUREYEV: Dancing through Darkness

Magazine article Musical Opinion

NUREYEV: Dancing through Darkness

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NUREYEV: Dancing Through Darkness Warner Music Vision 0630-17420-2 51'

This beautiful tribute to the last ten years of the life of Rudolph Nureyev is filled with the loving testament of so many of his friends and colleagues. Much of the film is devoted to his time at the Paris Opéra, where of course he spent the majority of those ten years, having been appointed Artistic Director in 1983. He is credited with reviving the fortunes of and restructuring the Paris Opéra Ballet with not only his immense talent but also his constant quest for perfection. Nureyev's life and love was ballet and his only real home was whichever stage he was dancing on at the time.

I enjoyed this DVD very much. It creates a wonderful portrait of one of the world's greatest ever dancers, focusing on the sad decline of his final, professional years as Aids took his life.

Dancing Through Darkness is apt as a title: Nureyev went through torments that not many of us would ever suffer; not just Aids but also in not seeing his family for 28 years after he defected to the West, only to be finally reunited with his mother as she lay at death's door. …

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