Don't Miss This Trailer for the New Nureyev Movie, "The White Crow"
Oleg Ivenko as Rudolf Nuryev in "The White Crow." Still via YouTube.
It's the moment many of us have been waiting for since early 2017: our first glimpse of The White Crow, a feature film about Rudolf Nureyev's 1961 defection from the Soviet Union while on tour with the Kirov Ballet. Directed by Hollywood A-lister Ralph Fiennes, the movie follows Nureyev from his birth on a train in Siberia to his request for asylum at Paris' Le Bourget Airport. It is based on Julie Kavanaugh's 2007 book, Nureyev: A Life.
THE WHITE CROW - Official Trailer - Directed by Ralph Fiennes
The trailer shows the incredibly tense atmosphere during the Kirov's Paris tour, with KGB agents following the rebellious Nureyev wherever he goes. Thankfully, the film cast an actual professional dancer, Oleg Ivenko, in the lead role. A principal with the M. Jalil Tatar State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Ivenko, who is Ukrainian, bears a striking resemblance to Nureyev. (Here's hoping the movie will show plenty of dancing. Johann Kobborg serves as the film's dance consultant and choreographer.) Fiennes portrays revered ballet master Alexander Pushkin, who taught Nureyev at the Vaganova Academy and took a special interest in his talent, while French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos plays Clara Saint, the French socialite who helped orchestrate his defection.
If you look closely at the trailer, you'll also catch a glimpse of controversial dance star Sergei Polunin, who plays Yuri Soloviev, Nureyev's roommate during the Kirov's tour. Polunin, a former Royal Ballet principal and a fervent admirer of Russian president Vladimir Putin, has come under fire recently for ranting sexist and anti-gay posts, as well as for calls to slap fat people, on his Instagram page (now shut down after being hacked). His posts caused the Paris Opéra Ballet to cancel his upcoming guest appearance. (In this recent interview with German journalist Tanit Koch, Polunin explains that his posts were not about being "gay or straight," but about "male and female energy," and what he sees as a current lack of male strength. "You have to sometimes provoke people," he says, later adding, "if male and female becomes the same, we are lost.")
Early reviews of The White Crow have been mixed, and while it's supposed to be released in the U.S. sometime this year, no firm date is currently available. (It opens in the U.K. on March 22 and in the Netherlands April 11.) But we can't wait to see it—and we'll be sure to keep you posted when it comes to movie theaters.
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.