Beyond the barriers of ballet

The White Crow stars Oleg Ivenko (above) as Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.
The White Crow stars Oleg Ivenko (above) as Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

Born an outsider, Russian Rudolf Nureyev's remarkable journey and push to elevate the role of male ballet dancers are charted in The White Crow

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Sir David Hare remembers the time he spent in the company of Rudolf Nureyev with scant affection.

It was during the 1960s, once the celebrated ballet dancer's defection from the Soviet Union had led to a partnership with Margot Fonteyn at the Royal Ballet in London's Covent Garden.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2019, with the headline 'Beyond the barriers of ballet'. Print Edition | Subscribe