This September, the world’s leading ballet stars will join together to celebrate the legacy of the legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev at London's historic Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Widely regarded as the greatest ballet dancer ever, he transcended borders and his performances popularized ballet with audiences throughout the world. Nureyev's unique artistry continues to influence and inspire ballet today.

Nureyev legend and Legacy will feature a dazzling array of

highlights from Nureyev’s transformative career performed by an international cast of dancers from the most illustrious ballet companies with live music performed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by renowned Music Director David Briskin.

 

This event is presented in association with the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation.

Marquee TV is the exclusive streaming partner for Nureyev Legend and Legacy allowing audiences to watch on demand on Marquee TV from the 16th of September. 

THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE

Monday 05 September at 7:30 pm

Tuesday 06 September at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Monday 12 September at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm 

The performance will last approximately 2 hours, including one interval.

Tickets from £25.00

 

DANCERS

           

  WILLIAM BRACEWELL   YUHUI CHOE   ALINA COJOCARU   CESAR CORRALES   GUILLAUME CÔTÉ   BENJAMIN ELLA                  FRANCESCO GABRIELE FROLA   EMMA HAWES   FRANCESCA HAYWARD   DAICHI IKARASHI   OLEG IVENKO                 GERMAIN LOUVET  NATASCHA MAIR   MAIA MAKHATELI   VADIM MUNTAGIROV   YASMINE NAGHDI   NATALIA OSIPOVA                   XANDER PARISH   IANA SALENKO   MARCELINO SAMBÉ   ALEXANDR TRUSCH   MARIANNA TSEMBENHOI

ARTISTIC TEAM

Artistic Director

Assistant Artistic Director

Lighting Designer

Costume Designer

Film Director

Nehemiah Kish

Elena Glurjidze

Simon Bennison

Natalia Stewart

Dominic Best

PRODUCERS

Producer

Producer

Producer

Gabrielle Tana

David Banks

Sir Leonard Blavatnik

MUSIC TEAM

Music Director / Conductor

Orchestra Director

Orchestra

David Briskin

John Beadle

Royal Ballet Sinfonia

PRODUCTION TEAM

General Manager

Technical Production Manager

Senior Stage Manager

Production Assistant

Rachel Nowak

Lee Batty

Andy Fox

Johanna Adams Farley

Sarah Woodward

Vera Ugarova

MARKETING TEAM

Marketing Consultant

Publicist

Graphic design

Natalie Yalden

Elin Morgan

Paul Marc Mitchell

 

ABOUT

History’s Greatest Ballet Star to be celebrated in Nureyev Legend and Legacy

 

The unmatched impact of Rudolf Nureyev, whose performances touched the lives of people around the world, will be celebrated on stage this September in London over five performances at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane - where Nureyev made his London debut - in a production curated by a former star of The Royal Ballet which will bring together an array of international talent both on and off stage.

Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union in June of 1961 in rebellion against an oppressive regime. Widely regarded as the greatest ballet dancer ever, Nureyev was a global citizen, transcending borders and popularising ballet with audiences throughout the world.

 

At Nureyev Legend and Legacy, audiences will enjoy a programme of nine classical ballet excerpts representing highlights in Nureyev’s career, hand-selected by former Royal Ballet Principal dancer Nehemiah Kish and performed by 22 of the leading dancers of our times - William Bracewell, Yuhui Choe, Alina Cojocaru, Cesar Corrales, Guillaume Côté (12th September), Benjamin Ella, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Emma Hawes, Francesca Hayward, Oleg Ivenko, Germain Louvet (5th and 6th September), Natascha Mair, Maia Makhateli, Vadim Muntagirov, Yasmine Naghdi, Natalia Osipova, Xander Parish, Iana Salenko, Marcelino Sambé, Alexandr Trusch, Marianna Tsembenhoi -  representing companies which include The Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Berlin State Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and the English National Ballet.

Performances of Nureyev Legend and Legacy will be hosted and introduced by former Director of The Royal Ballet Dame Monica Mason - who herself partnered Nureyev on a number of occasions - and Ralph Fiennes, the acclaimed actor and filmmaker who directed and acted in The White Crow, which tells the story of Nureyev’s defection from Russia to the West. On the opening night, this introduction will be live, with a filmed version screened at the performances that follow.

Each piece has been chosen to represent a different aspect of Nureyev’s incredible life and work, which saw him become a global star with renown beyond the world of ballet, opening with a solo he choreographed for The Sleeping Beauty which showcases Nureyev’s talent as a choreographer and his impact on elevating the role of the male dancer by adding solos to the classical repertoire. It will be danced by Hugo Marchand of the Paris Opera Ballet. Other extracts in the programme include a Pas de Deux from Gayane, which reflects Nureyev’s folk dance roots and will danced by Oleg Ivenko (who played Nureyev in The White Crow) partnered by Maia Mahkateli; and the Pas de Six from Laurencia, which Nureyev staged with the Royal Ballet for a TV special in 1964, staged exclusively for this production by Natalia Osipova, who will be accompanied by Marcelino Sambé and 4 dancers from The Royal Ballet.

The dancers will perform to live music played by 40 musicians from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, who will be conducted by David Briskin, Musical Director of the National Ballet of Canada. Costumes which draw on archival footage of Nureyev’s performances have been created by ballet dancer turned designer Natalia Stewart.

In alignment with Nureyev’s inclusive values, which saw him establish a foundation which offers bursaries to emerging dancers, a proportion of tickets for the production will be offered free of charge to ballet students and workers in the NHS. Some of the dancers in the programme have been the direct beneficiaries of bursaries to study from The Rudolph Nureyev Foundation.

“To me, a country is just a place to dance in.” 

Rudolf Nureyev

“You live because you dance, you dance as long as you live.”   Rudolf Nureyev
 

THE RUDOLF NUREYEV FOUNDATION

Rudolf Nureyev established “The Ballet Promotion Foundation” in 1975. The foundation was concerned with the promotion of ballet, whether through the support of individual dancers or companies and performances. In 1994, the foundation was renamed The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation. The objectives of The Foundation were expanded and defined through instructions from Rudolf Nureyev prior to his death.

Among their many acts of generosity, The Foundation provides grants to promising young dancers to support their studies for one year through the establishment of annual scholarships at ballet schools mainly those with which Rudolf Nureyev was associated. Ideally these are awarded to students from Eastern Europe, but potential talent is regarded as the criterion. In the last 10 years alone, the Foundation has awarded scholarships to over 50 young dancers making it possible for them to receive full time professional ballet training. It also supports an annual Best Young Talent prize at the prestigious Prix de Lausanne and provides bursaries for the retraining of retiring dancers.

In line with Nureyev’s request, The Foundation established a lieu de mémoire in his name at the Centre National du Costume de Scène at Moulins in France as well as supporting performances, competitions and publications that commemorate him and his work.

Nureyev was also keen to provide medical help to dancers, which the Foundation does mostly through The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS).

Click the button below to learn more about Rudolf Nureyev and the important work of the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation 

 

TICKETS

NUREYEV LEGEND AND LEGACY

Monday 05 September 7:30 pm

Tuesday 06 September 2:00 pm

Tuesday 06 September 7:30 pm

Monday 12 September 2:00 pm 

Monday 12 September 7:30 pm

The performance will last approximately 2 hours, including one interval.

Booking through Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Tickets from £25.00

Theatre Royal Drury Lane Box Office

can be reached by calling 02039252998

THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE 

Catherine St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF

Click Here to plan your visit and learn more about the historic Theatre Royal Drury Lane 

OPENING NIGHT VIP TICKETS

Monday 5th of September 

  • Tickets are priced at £1,000 per ticket.

  • You will have the best seats available, at the time of purchase, in either the Royal Circle or the stalls, at your election.

  • On arrival, you will be greeted in the entryway of Theatre Royal Drury Lane by one of our staff at the VIP desk who will direct you to the Grand Saloon and provide you an envelope containing your tickets, an elastic wrist band, explanation of the evening as well as an elegant Souvenir Programme brochure.

  • Ticket holders are invited to a Champagne Reception in the Grand Saloon on the first floor for a unique, private panel discussion of their personal experiences with Nureyev, the panel includes Karen Kain - former Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, Charles Jude of the Board of The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation and two other panel members to be confirmed shortly.

  • Wine will be served to you at the interval in a private, cordoned-off area.

  • Then join us for Champagne and bowl food to celebrate the Nureyev Opening Night, joined by the artists and a stunning list of stars, notables and members of the Royal Family including the elite of the London dance world.

ULTRA VIP TICKETS

Tuesday 6 September at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Monday 12 September at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm 

  • Tickets are priced at £400 per ticket.

  • You will have the best seats available, at the time of purchase, in either the Royal Circle or the stalls at your election.

  • Ticket holders are invited to a Champagne Reception prior to the curtain being raised in a private, cordoned-off area on the first floor

  • On arrival, you will be greeted in the entryway of Theatre Royal Drury Lane by one of our staff at the VIP desk who will direct you to the Grand Saloon and provide you an envelope containing your tickets, an elastic wrist band, explanation of the evening as well as an elegant Souvenir Programme brochure.

  • Wine will be served to you at the interval in the same private, cordoned-off area.

  • You will be photographed by a professional photographer, after the performance, with one of the star dancers in the programme.

For further information and to discuss the VIP Tickets please email David Banks - david@carban.org

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