CAST: Dana Fouras, Illya Koltobskoy, Faith Prendergast DIRECTOR: David Morris, Jacqui Morris SATURDAY & SUNDAY SCREENINGS ONLY
This striking and moving documentary from BAFTA nominated directors Jacqui and David Morris traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev. From his birth in the 5th class carriage of a trans-Siberian train, to his dramatic leap to freedom in the West at the height of the Cold War, and unprecedented adulation as the most famous dancer in the world. The film highlights Nureyev's unlikely yet legendary partnership with Margot Fonteyn and charts his meteoric rise to the status of global cultural phenomenon. Nureyev's life plays out like the sweeping plot of a classic Russian novel. His story is Russia's story. Blending never-before-seen footage, with an original score by award-winning composer Alex Baranowski and spellbinding newly choreographed dance tableaux directed by Royal Ballet alumnus, Russell Maliphant, Nureyev is a theatrical and cinematic experience like no other. This is a portrayal as unique as the man himself. There will never be another Nureyev.
MAKE IT A DOUBLE FEATURE! There will be a post-film discussion after the 12:50 pm screening of The White Crow (Ralph Fiennes' biopic on Nureyev) on Saturday, May 18, which will end in time for the 3:50 pm screening of the documentary. The discussion will be led by Miss Erin Ceragioli, Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Director of Tacoma City Ballet.
Like any great biography, it casts a light through its prismatic subject, whose unique story refracts out colourful strands touching on art, politics, history, identity and so much more.Leslie Felperin, Guardian
To plunge into this saga, especially if you don't know it, and to see what it was that made Rudolf Nureyev onstage such a furious and transporting poet-of-the-body, is to be at once moved and awed.Owen Gleiberman, Variety