Wednesday 18 October 2017

Russia's Bolshoi Theatre scraps Nureyev ballet three days before world premiere

Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin gestures while speaking to the media at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia (AP)
Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin gestures while speaking to the media at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia (AP)

Russia's Bolshoi Theatre has cancelled a much-anticipated ballet about dancer Rudolf Nureyev just three days before the opening night.

Bolshoi made the announcement on Saturday, saying that Tuesday's premiere has been cancelled.

The ballet about Nureyev, who defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, was directed by Kirill Serebrennikov, known for bold productions that poke fun at Russia's growing social conservatism.

Mr Serebrennikov was detained and questioned in May in a criminal case over embezzlement of government funds.

He denies wrongdoing.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin denied reports that the show had been scrapped because of its frank portrayal of Nureyev's gay relationships.

Mr Urin simply said that the ballet was not ready and it will instead have its premiere next year.

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