Nureyev Exhibit at Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco

24 May

The summer issue of “Fine Arts,” the member magazine for the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, announces a forthcoming exhibit titled:”Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance” to open October 6 at the De Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

The announcement reads the exhibit “will showcase more than 80 costumes and 50 photographs from the dancer’s personal collection, entrusted to the Centre national du costume de scene in Moulins, France, by the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, and will incorporate key loans from active ballet companies.”

The announcement further states “Nureyev loved sumptuous shows and was particular about his costumes, often imposing changes and improvements.  The costumes on view expose the wear and tear of daily use, bearing witness to the lives and bodies of Nureyev and his partners Margot Fonteyn, Noella Pontois, and so many others.

“The exhibition illustrates a life devoted entirely to dance and highlights ballets danced for choreographed by Nureyev…. Each ballet is displayed in a dramatic installation that emphasizes its spellbinding theatricality.”

Since CAL Performances will be presenting the Maryinsky Ballet October 10-12, it might well be exciting for the visiting dancers as well as the host of local balletomanes who witnessed Nureyev’s San Francisco appearances as well as dance lovers fascinated by the man and his legends.

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