White Crow dances into the life of Rudof Nureyev

White Crow

There’s no doubt Rudof Nureyev was a great dancer. He just didn’t have patience with rules, limitations and hierarchical order and could be violent.

The White Crow, inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh chronicles his life and dance career.

The title is a reference to his childhood moniker of white crow (with a somewhat similar meaning to “black sheep” in English, because he was very unusual.

The dancer is played by Oleg Ivenko. This is his first major role.

Nureyev was regarded by some as the greatest male ballet dancer of his generation.

He was born on a Trans-Siberian train near Irkutsk, Siberia, Soviet Union to a Bashkir-tatar family. He defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.

He’s probably best known for dancing with The Royal Ballet in London. Later he would serve as director of the Paris Opera Ballet from 1983 to 1989. He also produced his own interpretations of classical works like “Swan Lake” and “Giselle.”

Nureyev tested positive for AIDS in 1984 and died Jan. 6, 1993.

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