Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom



A single event made Rudolf Nureyev the most famous dancer in the world. On June 16th, 1961, Nureyev defected in Paris at the height of the Cold War. Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom recreates those dramatic events.

It’s a story of Love and Betrayal, Ballet and Espionage; told by those who took part in it, and whose lives were changed forever. Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom uses powerful dramatization and original performance. It stars Russian Ballet star Artem Ovcharenko, principal dancer with the Bolshoi, as Rudolf Nureyev; and was filmed in St Petersburg and Paris.

Followed by post-screening discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Richard Curson-Smith and moderator Stephen Talbot.

Co-presented by San Francisco Ballet and The British Benevolent Society

U.S. Premiere

Wednesday, October 19 | 7:00 pm

Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building | 401 Van Ness Avenue | San Francisco 94102

Patron Ticket: $75 (includes Reserved Seating and Post Screening Reception)
General Admission: $25 (Students/SFDFF Members: $21, ID required)

Eventbrite - Screening of Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom

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Rudolf Nureyev: Dance to Freedom
(UK, 2015) 90:00
Director: Richard Curson-Smith
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Additional Credits

Writer Richard Curson-Smith | Producer Yelena Durden Smith | Key Cast Artem Ovcharenko | Production Company IWC Media


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(USA, 2016) 3:17
Director: Ezra Hurwitz
Choreographer: Justin Peck
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