“I AM A DANCER” DVD

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Disclaimer; I received this DVD for free in exchange for my review and my honest opinion, I have not been compensated in any way.

 

One of the greatest ballet dancers of his generation, Rudolf Nureyev is at the height of his powers in this intimate 1972 documentary portrait, which offers an unprecedented look at the training and dedication behind his electrifying art. I love his Ballot and his dedication to his art, he moves so graceful and with such ease, he makes it look simple.

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Providing a unique glimpse into Nureyev’s personality, preparation and technique, I AM A DANCER includes excerpts from his performances in the classical ballets La Sylphide with Carla Fracci, and The Sleeping Beauty with Lynn Seymour; in addition to sequences from the modern ballet Field Figures with Deanne Bergsma, and Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand with his long-time partner Margot Fonteyn.

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Nureyev was born on a Trans-Siberian train near Irkutsk, Siberia, Soviet Union to a Bashkir-Tatar family. He began his early career with the company that in the Soviet era was called the Kirov Ballet (now called by its original name, the Mariinsky Ballet) in Leningrad. He defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.[5] This was the first defection of a Soviet artist during the Cold War, and it created an international sensation. He went on to dance with The Royal Ballet in London and from 1983 to 1989 served as director of the Paris Opera Ballet. In addition to his technical prowess, Nureyev was an accomplished choreographer serving as the chief choreographer of the Paris Opera Ballet. He produced his own interpretations of numerous classical works,[6] including Swan Lake, Giselle, and La Bayadère.[7]

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DVD Features

Terese Capucilli (Juilliard, Martha Graham) on Nureyev and Fonteyn
Skylar Brandt (American Ballet Theatre) on I Am a Dancer
16-page booklet with new essay by arts critic Kenji Fujishima

Discs: 1

Blu-ray Features

Terese Capucilli (Juilliard, Martha Graham) on Nureyev and Fonteyn
Skylar Brandt (American Ballet Theatre) on I Am a Dancer
16-page booklet with new essay by arts critic Kenji Fujishima

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Awards & Recognition

Nominated
Best Documentary Film
Golden Globes

 

 

 

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