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Monday, July 10

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Vladimir Urin denies that a new ballet based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev was canceled because it dealt with Nureyev's homosexuality.

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Urin said he took the decision to postpone the show having seen a dress rehearsal on Friday and deciding that it would not be artistically ready in time. He said the ballet would be shown in May and no artistic changes would be made.

 

Many questioners appeared incredulous about the official explanation, leading Urin to snap that people were free to disbelieve him should they wish.

 

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Kirill Serebrennikov was given no explanation for the decision to pull Nureyev, a ballet about the famous Soviet-era Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev who defected to the West in 1961, and a dress rehearsal scheduled for Monday has also been called off.

 

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Yasmine Naghdi is promoted to principal at the Royal Ballet.

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Naghdi, who joined the company in 2010 after training at the Royal Ballet School, is the second British dancer to be promoted to the highest rank in the company in as many years.

 

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Indianapolis Ballet holds auditions, plans debut season next year.

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Indianapolis Ballet fills a longtime gap in the local arts community, left vacant since Indy’s last professional ballet company closed in 2005.

 

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A look at the Nureyev kerfluffle at the Bolshoi by Ilona Landgraf in her blog, "Landgraf on Dance."

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In December of last year the business newspaper “Vzglyad” published an article about an interview Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev had with Russian television channels. It was translated by Ismene Brown. Medvedev said his colleague, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, should be cautious in his statements. “Medinsky has in the past stated at length his belief that Western modernism is polluting Russian and world culture.” Concerns are that artistic freedom might be threatened by censorship and that “establishment and church dogmatics overrule Russia’s often boldly innovative arts producers”. The report also mentions “conservative culture “activists” physically intervening to stop plays and productions that they don’t like.” This calls to mind that in 2015 a leading bishop of “the Orthodox Church went to court demanding the banning of a production of Wagner’s [opera] “Tannhäuser” in Novosibirsk” that he “considered blasphemous.” The legal case was lost, but in 2016 the same bishop had “The Nutcracker” ballet banned from Novosibirsk’s opera house at Christmas because he deemed it an ‘occult’ production. Is it too much to suppose that the same powers, the same culture activists thwarted the premiere of “Nureyev”?

 

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An NPR interview with Wendy Whelan.

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Whelan took her final bow with the New York City Ballet in October 2014 — an experience she likens to shedding skin. "Everything I experienced as an adult happened as a member of New York City Ballet," she says. "To leave it as an adult [after] going into it as basically a child was scary, really scary."

 

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