Nureyev returns to Los Angeles 1

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It takes a village to bring back a prince.

And that’s exactly what happened on Thursday, December 5, 2013, when Dance Camera West hosted a tribute to the twentieth century’s greatest male ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev.

The peerless Nureyev performed in Los Angeles on many occasions — primarily at the Shrine Auditorium with the Royal Ballet.

Many community members pitched in to make the evening meaningful. A good group showed solid support for DCW, the long running dance-on-film festival, by attending a lively reception — drinks, hors d’ouevres, dance-talk — before viewing “La Passion Noureev.”

Fabrice Herrault‘s rapturous and revealing documentary honors the game-changing dancer who died in 1993, twenty years ago.

Those who could not attend contributed. The marvelous rehearsal photo of Nureyev (above), taken in 1974 at the Greek Theater, was one of several historic “Rudi-in-L.A.” photos lent by Don Bradburn, the former dancer, UC Irvine dance history instructor and dance photographer. This shot will be published for the first time, among 14 others capturing L.A. performances of Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alexander Godunov in the Institute of Modern Russian Culture’s (USC) “Experiment.” The respected academic journal whose next edition (guest editor: Lorin Johnson) is devoted to Russian influence in the Los Angeles dance world will appear in Fall 2014.

So it all fit together beautifully. Dance Camera West executive director Tonia Barber was the proud host of the New York-based Herrault who beyond his primary career as a master ballet instructor of talented children and professionals, is a devoted cinephile. In the slideshow below, we see that Fabrice managed to escape the rigors of classical ballet for a silent-movie screening at the Egyptian Theatre.

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One comment on “Nureyev returns to Los Angeles

  1. Carole Valleskey Dec 22,2013 1:14 pm

    There is a wonderful Dance in America that the Joffrey did after we had a 4 week season with Nureyev on Broadway back in the 1970s. Nureyev and the Joffrey Ballet in tribute to Nijinsky. Petrouchka, Afternoon of a Faun, La Spectre de la Rose. I cherish having danced with him in Faune.

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