The Beauty of Nureyev at the de Young Museum
When I was a kid growing up in the 70s, there were few things more magical than when my parents woke me up late at night for something they didn’t want me to miss: a lunar eclipse, a fire truck screaming down the street, or Rudolf Nureyev dancing on PBS. Through the gauzy veil of memory, I can still picture this man leaping impossibly high and landing with such elegance and joy that I could hardly get back to sleep. And so it is fitting that I recently accompanied my parents to the de Young Museum exhibit, Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance, in San Francisco.
“You live as long as you dance,” was Nureyev’s mantra throughout his meteoric rise as an internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, ballet master, and company director. In celebration of the remarkable art and career of this legendary performer, the de Young will present more than 70 costumes from ballets danced or choreographed by Nureyev—Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Manfred among them—as well as a selection of photographs, videos, and ephemera that chronicles his illustrious life. (from the de Young Press Release)