English National Ballet | Principal Casting Announced For A Tribute To Rudolf Nureyev

English National Ballet | Principal Casting Announced For A Tribute To Rudolf Nureyev


A Tribute To Rudolf Nureyev

London Coliseum 25-27 July 2013

Petrushka by Michel Fokine

Song of a Wayfarer by Maurice Béjart

Nureyev’s Raymonda Act III by Rudolf Nureyev


Principal casting is today announced for A Tribute To Rudolf Nureyev which opens at the London Coliseum on July 25. Benois de la Danse winner Vadim Muntagirov will dance in Song of a Wayfarer and Raymonda and Tamara Rojo can be seen in Raymonda. Full details as follows:



25.7.2013 [Matinee] – Gruzdyev (Petrushka), Oliveira (Ballerina), Dynott (Moor)
25.7.2013 – Reimair (Petrushka), Osbaldeston (Ballerina), Souza (Moor)
26.7.2013 – Gruzdyev (Petrushka), Oliveira (Ballerina), Dynott (Moor)
27.7.2013 [Matinee] – Lukovkin (Petrushka), Costa (Ballerina), Acosta (Moor)
27.7.2013 – Reimair (Petrushka), Osbaldeston (Ballerina), Souza (Moor)

Song of a Wayfarer

25.7.2013 [Matinee] – Bosch, Reimair
25.7.2013 – Muntagirov, Berlanga
26.7.2013 – Muntagirov, Reimair

27.7.2013 [Matinee] – Konvalina, Reimair
27.7.2013 – Muntagirov, Berlanga


25.7.2013 [Matinee] – Klimentová, Muntagirov
25.7.2013 – Glurdjidze, Konvalina
26.7.2013 – Rojo, Berlanga

27.7.2013 [Matinee] – Rojo, Berlanga
27.7.2013 – Glurdjidze, Konvalina


2013 marks both the 75th anniversary of the birth of Rudolf Nureyev and the 20th of his untimely death. English National Ballet pays tribute to the legacy of this great artist in a programme of three works he made his own, celebrating his career from his beginnings with 19th Century classical ballet, through his interpretation of a masterpiece of the Ballets Russes, to his embrace of the innovative 20th Century of Maurice Béjart.



Choreographed by Fokine, with a rousing score by Stravinsky, Petrushka tells the tale of a hopelessly romantic puppet who is trapped in a love triangle. Petrushka is in love with the Ballerina, but she only has eyes for the Moor who returns her affection. The tragic Petrushka suffers from the fact he is no more than a puppet who cannot express his love like a human and dances to his death as he fights against the Moor for his heart’s desire.

Petrushka was first performed by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris in 1911 with Nijinsky in the title role. Nureyev first danced Petrushka in 1963, and following his highly acclaimed performance of the lovelorn puppet went on to dance the role throughout his career around the world.


Song of a Wayfarer

Maurice Béjart’s Song of a Wayfarer is one of the most beautiful ballets ever created for the male dancer. The story follows a romantic wayfarer who wanders from town to town looking for freedom but condemned by destiny to a life of eternal unhappiness and loneliness. Béjart created this piece especially for Nureyev believing that it expresses the errant life of the dancer, going from company to company, country to country, condemned never to return to his home land. The ballet is set to Mahler’s first song cycle, four songs with lyrics by the composer.


Raymonda Act III

English National Ballet is delighted to perform Nureyev’s staging of Raymonda for the first time. The original ballet was created by Marius Petipa in 1898 for the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, and the spectacular choreography and magnificent score enticed Nureyev to restage the production himself in1964 in Italy. Having had an intimate knowledge of Raymonda after performing the ballet as a young dancer with the Kirov Ballet, Nureyev revived many of the dances from memory.


Nureyev presented an adapted version of Act III of the ballet in 1969 depicting the wedding celebrations of Raymonda and her knight Jean de Brienne, following Jean’s return from the Crusades.


Alexander Glazunov’s score for the ballet has been described by George Balanchine who called it “some of the finest ballet music we have.”

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One Response to English National Ballet | Principal Casting Announced For A Tribute To Rudolf Nureyev

  1. Ballet News June 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Liz Comport commented : ooh lovely.

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