Duration: 110 min
Language: English (russian, Russian subtitles)
Age limit: 18+
Director Jacqui Morris, David Morris
This striking and moving documentary traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer, who transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time, and an enduring inspiration for people everywhere. It charts his rise from humble beginnings and eventual defection to the West, to his enduring relationship with his beloved dance partner, Dame Margot Fonteyn, the most famed Prima Ballerina of The Royal Ballet.
The film contextualises not just the man but also the times in which he lived, discussing the politically charged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural and global phenomenon; rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous – from partying with Liza Minnelli at Studio 54 to the Kennedys, he truly was an icon of his time.
Blending never-before-seen footage, an original score by award-winning composer Alex Baranowski, and a spellbinding series of exclusive modern dance tableaux directed by Royal Ballet alumnus Russell Maliphant, Nureyev is a theatrical and cinematic experience like no other biopic.