Rudolph Nureyev - Celestial Attraction (DVD)
Born on the Trans-Siberian express train, Rudolf Nureyev never stopped moving in his meteoric rise to become the most brightly shining star of the ballet universe. From commanding the stage of the Paris Opera to cavorting with Miss Piggy on the Muppet Show, Nureyev's charisma and virtuoso talent brought a new, modern dimension to classical dance.
Seventeen years after his life was prematurely claimed by AIDS, we take a retrospective look at the great artist, his life and his body of work in all its grace, passion, excess and drama. Through interviews, archive footage, re-enactments and original dance sequences, the film recreates key moments of Nureyev's life and shines a light on his unparalleled talent.
Audio Languages: English, French
Subtitles: German, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 52 minutes
Region: Region Free, Worldwide
In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.
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