Shock as Bolshoi cancels world premiere of Nureyev ballet

    Move follows outspoken director was questioned in a prominent criminal examination that supports claim is politically encouraged

    Russias Bolshoi theatre has actually revealed the cancellation of next weeks opening night of a about Russian legend Rudolf Nureyev, staged by an outspoken director who has actually been questioned in a prominent criminal examination.

    Nureyev was set to premiere at the on Tuesday in among the most fiercely prepared for stagings of the season. In a relocation that has actually surprised the ballet world, the theatre stated the program has actually been forever held off.

    The ballet is based upon the life story of Nureyev, the super star dancer who defected from the Soviet Union and discovered brand-new popularity in the west prior to passing away from an Aids-related health problem in 1993 at age 53.

    The efficiency is being staged by Kirill Serebrennikov, a theatre and movie director who just recently was questioned and had his house browsed in an examination into supposed embezzlement of state financing for the arts.

    One of Russias most effective and ingenious directors, Serebrennikov has actually formerly staged a ballet based upon Mikhail Lermontovs Hero of Our Time at the Bolshoi.

    Serebrennikov has actually fallen out of favour with Russias cultural authorities recently and has actually knocked increasing censorship of the arts. Advocates of Mr Serebrennikov supposedly stated his questioning was politically inspired.

    The Bolshoi stated the gown practice session set up for Nureyev on Monday had actually been cancelled and the best set for Tuesday has actually been delayed to a later date which was not defined.

    Serebrennikov did not address his phone on Saturday afternoon.

    The theatres management was set to offer an interview on Monday on the factors for the programs post ponement.

    The information of Serebrennikovs production had actually been kept firmly under covers, with even the name of the dancer carrying out the primary function a trick, Tatiana Kuznetsova, ballet critic for the Kommersant paper, composed Saturday.

    She likewise reported on rumours that the production consists of male dancers in gowns as well as representations of public characters who are still alive.

    She called it the centerpiece of the ballet season in Rusia , and potentially worldwide, with critics from all over the world set to participate in the best.

    In May Serebrennikovs flat and the state-funded Gogol Centre theatre he heads in Moscow were robbed by detectives in a probe into supposed scams over state financing for arts.

    Serebrennikov himself was questioned as a witness, while the accounting professional and a previous director of a business he established were jailed.

    Serebrennikovs fans called the raid a politically determined attack on the self-reliance of the arts, and the Bolshoi basic director Vladimir Urin composed to President Vladimir Putin to grumble about the handling of the examination.

    Agence France-Presse added to this report

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