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Nureyev anniversary at La Scala

Posted on January 8, 2013

nureyev alla scala   il corsaro   1966   ph erio piccagliani teatro alla scala

nureyev alla scala - il corsaro - 1966 - ph erio piccagliani-teatro alla scalaIt’s now 20 years since the death of Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most charismatic ballet stars of the 20th century.

This year, the Ballet of La Scala, Milan will revive Nureyev’s production of Swan Lake, and also commemorates him online, with video clips, pictures and a short essay by Paola Calvetti, focusing on his performances and influence in Milan.

Nureyev’s Swan Lake will be in repertory at La Scala from July 17 to October 18, with guest performances by another Russian star, Natalia Osipova, in July.

Picture: Nureyev in Le Corsaire in 1966. Photograph: Erio Piccagliani

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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