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ABC TV, “Rudolph Nureyev: Dancing Through Darkness,” 13/9/04
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Author:  RonPrice [ Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:14 am ]
Post subject:  ABC TV, “Rudolph Nureyev: Dancing Through Darkness,” 13/9/04

I was reflecting on Nureyev recently and wrote the following prose-poem. I was not sure what section of this site to post this piece of writing at--and so I post it here since it seems related to ""world dance" and an element of "the social."-Ron Price, Tasmania :arrow:
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When Elvis and the Beatles were beginning to take off in their fame and glory along came Nureyev. It was June 17th 1961 when he defected at the Paris airport. Nureyev was a Tatar born on a train near Irkutsk and was conceived in May-June 1937. Dance was the only way he wanted to spend his time. He could not stop; his desire to dance was obsessive. Dance was more real to him than life. Dance and the theatre became for him his real home, especially after he left Russia in 1961. Work kept him alive. He lived to dance. He was self-contained, although he had a need for activity, for people, for life. Nureyev was, arguably, the greatest ballet dancer ever. These are some of the notes I kept as I watched this repeat of a BBC production made several years after Nureyev died in 1993. -Ron Price with thanks to ABC TV, “Rudolph Nureyev: Dancing Through Darkness,” 12:10-1:05 a.m., September 13th, 2004.

1961 was a very big year.
1961 was a very big year:
in the world of ballet,
especially in London
when Nureyev electrified
the ballet world with his
talent and good looks.

1961 was a very big year
for me in baseball,
hitting home runs as I did
getting an 87% average
in grade eleven and enjoying
my second year as a member
of the Baha’i Faith in that
little town of Burlington
Ontario, Canada--still in
love with Susan Gregory. :idea:

Ron Price
17 September 2004
Updated for Critical
Dance on: 17/9/'08)

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