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MAD | Music Mondays

This striking documentary from BAFTA nominated directors, Jacqui Morris and David Morris, traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer that transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time. It charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world.

The film contextualizes 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.

Nureyev features never-before-seen footage choreographed by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor and Murray Lewis. It also includes 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.

"Finely crafted, impeccably researched… good enough to leave you thrilled and haunted by this man who, at the height of his artistry, seemed to leap off the earth and leave it behind." Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"Instantly essential." Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

"More than just essential viewing for anyone interested ballet and dance. 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, The Guardian

Director Jacqui Morris, David Morris
Country of Origin: UK
Year: 2019
Running Time: 109 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: 19+
Featuring: Rudolf Nureyev, Dame Siân Phillips, Dana Fouras, Lucia Lacarra, Koltovskoy Illia


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