Rudolf Nureyev in films by Teja KremkeAdditional title: Swan lake (Choreographic work : Sergeev, K after Ivanov and Petipa, M)Additional title: Don Quixote (Choreographic work : Petipa, M)Additional title: Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work : Sergeev, K after Petipa, M)
NamesNureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Dancer)Kremke, Teja Knut (Cinematographer)Leningradskiĭ gosudarstvennyĭ akademicheskiĭ teatr opery i baleta imeni S.M. Kirova (Performer)
Rudolf Nureyev Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1959 - 1961 (Questionable)Place: U.S.S.R.
Table of ContentsSwan lake. Act II excerpts (ca. 1 min., b&w) / choreography, Konstantin Sergeev after Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Nureyev, as Prince Siegfried, is seen in the "White swan" pas de deux. He first danced the role at the Kirov during the 1960-1961 season.Swan lake. Act III excerpts (ca. 3 1/2 min., b&w) / choreography, Konstantin Sergeev after Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. This segment contains excerpts from the opening entrée and adagio of the Black swan pas de deux, followed by Siegfried's variation, and the male dancer's choreography from the concluding coda.[Unidentified ballet] (ca. 1 1/2 min., col.) / ballet set in a ballroom; the camera focuses on the leading ballerina.[Unidentified ballet] (ca. 1 1/2 min., col.) / ballet set at a costume ball (?); possibly part of the ballet above; camera focuses on the leading ballerina.Don Quixote. Act I excerpts (ca. 2 min., col.) / choreography after Marius Petipa. Nureyev dances the principal male role of Basilio, which he first danced at the Kirov during the 1959-1960 season.The sleeping beauty. Act II excerpts (ca. 1 1/2 min., col.) / choreography, Konstantin Sergeev after Marius Petipa). Nureyev, as Prince Désiré, dances among the courtiers and performs a variation; there are brief glimpses of him with the Lilac Fairy and Princess Aurora in the ensuing vision scene. Nureyev first danced this role with the Kirov during the 1960-1961 season.The sleeping beauty. Act III excerpts (ca. 2 min., col.) / choreography, Konstantin Sergeev after Marius Petipa). This segment includes excerpts of the opening adagio of the grand pas de deux of Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré, followed by the male variation.[Rudolf Nureyev offstage and on] (ca. 6 min., b&w) / this segment begins with footage of Nureyev in his dressing room, removing his makeup and getting dressed. After he goes outdoors, the film takes on an increasingly disjointed, dreamlike quality, juxtaposing close-ups of faces (Nureyev's and others) with views of a train and its tracks, a snowy wooded landscape, brief glimpses of Nureyev onstage, and a sequence from Swan lake, Act II, recorded at high speed.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 6213Shelf locator: *MGZIA 4-4355 RNC (former)
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performances
NotesContent: Originally filmed on 8mmPerformers: Danced by Rudolf Nureyev with the Kirov Ballet.Venue: Filmed in Russia, probably between 1959 and 1961; film documentation, Teja Kremke.
Physical DescriptionFilm reelExtent: 1 film reel (18 min.) : silent, black and white, and color ; 8 mm
DescriptionCompilation of performance excerpts, followed by footage possibly shot for a art film. Rudolf Nureyev first appeared as a principal dancer with the Kirov Ballet in Nov. 1958; he defected to the West in June 1961.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY04-F273NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15969233Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3c886540-b8e8-0134-d032-00505686a51c
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