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Famously volatile, fickle in his passions for people, but with astonishing charisma onstage and off, Rudolf Nureyev is regarded as one of the greatest male ballet dancers of the twentieth century. In 1968, Nureyev approached Rudi van Dantzig for permission to dance in one of van Dantzig's ballets. So began a close friendship and artistic collaboration that lasted until NurFamously volatile, fickle in his passions for people, but with astonishing charisma onstage and off, Rudolf Nureyev is regarded as one of the greatest male ballet dancers of the twentieth century. In 1968, Nureyev approached Rudi van Dantzig for permission to dance in one of van Dantzig's ballets. So began a close friendship and artistic collaboration that lasted until Nureyev's death in 1993.   This searing memoir is an uncompromising look at artists in relationship. The passion for dance that drove both men created a bond that was constantly strained by Nureyev's outrageous lifestyle and van Dantzig's uncompromising idea of how his work should be portrayed. Worlds apart in temperament, van Dantzig's demands for high-caliber performances led to the eventual firing of Nureyev as the dancer's prowess waned. This is a book balletomanes cannot miss, with an eagle-eyed sharpness that never dissolves into hagiography or gossip....

Title : Remembering Nureyev: The Trail of a Comet
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ISBN : 9780813032092
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Remembering Nureyev: The Trail of a Comet Reviews

  • Anastasia
    2018-10-31 13:56

    Unlike most of the books written about Rudolf Nureyev, The Trail of a Comet is not aimed to critisize or emphasize the absurd habits and attitudes of the dancer. This book was written by a friend and colleague of the ballet legend and it is a book about true friendship and true professionalism. You don't want to read this book too quickly. Like a good dish or wine, you want to savour every word and enjoy every page, observing extravagant life, sensational career and complex relationships of the dancer.Apart from being a brilliant choreographer, Van Dantzig has a beautiful writing style full of metaphors. The way he describes Nureyev makes you feel like you know him personally and you begin to understand complexity of his character a little better. You learn that he was not only an outstanding, lyrical dancer, that he was not only an eccentric, demanding and self-centred but also that he was scared of the "system" most of his life, that he was afraid to be unwanted or forgotten and most importantly that he was very lonely.I have been deeply moved by the warmth with which the book was written.Van Dantzig describes the last months, weeks and days of Rudolf's life with so much love, emphasizing loneliness and vulnerability of the star, that the last bits of judgement and criticism are replaced by compassion and sadness in the eyes of a reader.In the last months of his life,  Rudolf gets himself a dog and names him Solor. It feels like his last attempt to have someone close to him. ""Solor". Wearily he tries to turn his head toward the black dog that has entered the room and immediately cowers back again. "Come here", but the dog disappears in fear, its nails clicking over the wooden floor. "I want him to sleep on my bed, but he refuses. I like him to be close to me""It's fascinating to follow this unusual friendship of two extraordinary people so different in many ways. Dutch humblenes of Van Dantzig and Russian "exaggeration " of Nureyev are so controversial and yet the bond that these two have developed is remarkable in so many ways.This book gives the reader a glimpse on the masterpieces like Le Corsaire, La Bayadere (and many more world renowned ballet pieces) and the legends such as Margot Fonteyn, Sonja Marchiolli and Alexandra Radius (to name a few). It's educational,  it's sincere, it's touching... It is certainly the book to read and to keep.

  • Brenda
    2018-10-30 06:45

    Just had to read this one..... Been to the academy for Ballet when I was young...

  • Monique
    2018-11-02 07:59

    Prachtig eerbetoon van Nederlands grootste danser en choreograaf aan een fantastisch en eigenzinnig danser.