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 long personal journey and his body of work – in all its grace, passion, excess and drama. Through interviews, archive footage, re-enactments and original dance sequences, the fi lm recreates the key moments of Nureyev’s life and shines a light on his unparalleled talent.
“I saw my beloved mother, I saw my birthplace. I defi ed everyone and I accomplished everything: dance, choreography, conducting orchestras, directing my Bayadère one last time. And I loved. A lot. What could I possibly regret? Nothing. At least I think not. The hardest thing for me to do is leave this place. Here where everything began.”
“One must invest one’s lifeblood in every step.” Rudolf Nureyev
“When Rudolf came on stage, he was a tiger, an animal. He was no longer human. He was neither male nor female. No one had ever seen anything like it.” Charles Jude