This Triple Bill highlights the immense contribution that Rudolf Nureyev made to The Royal Ballet and the world of dance. Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris on 6th January 1993. To mark the 10th anniversary of the death of this truly remarkable dancer, choreographer and ballet director, The Royal Ballet will stage a Triple Bill of works particularly associated with him. Balanchine's Apollo
was first danced by Nureyev at the Royal Opera House on 23 June 1971 with Svetlana Beriosova, Vergie Derman and Georgina Parkinson as his muses. Francis Francis of The George Balanchine Trust says: "We are thrilled to be opening this great tribute programme to Rudolf Nureyev on this the anniversary of his death, and look forward to many further collaborations with The Royal Ballet in the years to come." The divertissements will include a solo from Marius Petipa's Le Corsaire
, MacMillan's pas de trois from Images of Love, originally created for Nureyev, Christopher Gable and Lynn Seymour in 1964, Pierre Darde's solo Lame
, an extract from August Bournonville's La Sylphide
and a pas de deux from William Forsythe's In the middle, somewhat elevated
. Nureyev first staged his complete version of Raymonda
for the Royal Ballet Touring Company to perform at the Spoleto Festival in 1964. Raymonda Act III was first performed by The Royal Ballet, with Fonteyn and Nureyev in the leading roles, on 27 March 1969 at the Royal Opera House. Approx. running time 2 hours 30 minutesPerformers Carlos Acosta, Darcey Bussell, Mara Galeazzi, Marianela Nunez, Jonathan Cope, Jaimie Tapper, Belinda Hatley, Tamara Rojo, Edward Watson, Ivan Putrov, Ricardo Cervera, Nathan Coppen, Miyako Yoshida.
Conductor Paul Murphy. Choreographer George Balanchine (Apollo). Music Igor Stravinsky (Apollo). Choreographer Marius Petipa (Divertissements - Le Corsaire). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Divertissements - Images lof Love). Choreographer Pierre Darde (Divertissements - Lame). Music August Bournonville (Divertissements - La Sylphide). Choreographer William Forsythe (Divertissements - In the Middle Somewhat Elevated). Choreographer Rudolf Nureyev (Raymonda Act III). Choreographer Marius Petipa (Raymonda Act III). Design Barry Kay (Raymonda Act III).