‘Banned’ gay Russian ballet finally premieres in Moscow
A hotly-anticipated ballet about the life of a gay Soviet dancer has finally premiered in Moscow, months after it was originally scheduled to go ahead.
Nureyev, which follows the life and AIDS-related death of Rudolf Nureyev, made its debut at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre on Saturday night (December 9), The Guardian reports.
The original premiere in July was cancelled at the last minute, reportedly after an intervention from the Russian government, unhappy over the show’s gay themes. The director, Kirill Serebrennikov, was arrested just a month later on charges of embezzlement charges – though supporters claim his arrest was politically-motivated.
The first showing of Nureyev went off without incident, though The Independent reports that a previously-teased full-frontal scene featuring images of the gay titular dancer had been cut from the final performance, undermining the Bolstoi