Rudolf Nureyev: in search of perfection
A new exhibition, Rudolf Nureyev: in search of perfection, opens at White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre on Wednesday this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Rudolf Nureyev (1938-93), and to celebrate his lifelong search for perfection as a dancer, choreographer and director.
Two of Nureyev’s own costumes will be on display, as well as a tutu worn by Margot Fonteyn which she gave to Nureyev, all of which are from his personal collection. The costumes featured are those worn by Nureyev in the late 1970s when starring in his own productions of Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. Also on display will be Fonteyn’s white-feathered tutu from Swan Lake, which she famously performed with Nureyev on many occasions around the world.
The exhibition will include unique material from The Royal Ballet School archives such as the Vera Volkova Collection which illustrates the importance of this famous Russian ballet teacher (who taught at the School and the Royal Ballet between 1943-50) to Nureyev, following his sensational defection to the West in 1961. School records also show Nureyev with the young Royal Ballet School students he cast in his Royal Ballet production of The Nutcracker (1968).
This small-scale but stunning exhibition will open to the public at White Lodge Museum in September until early April 2014, after which it will transfer to The Royal Ballet Upper School in Covent Garden. The exhibition is free, but visitors must book in advance by calling 020 8392 8440 (option 7).
Photo: Associated Newspapers, Royal Ballet School Collections, White Lodge Museum.