Ballet Forms and La Passion Noureev

A full program for fans of the classically-trained body, from an animated breakdown of the laws of motion to a look into the lives of the Bubenicek brothers, well known in Europe as the “ballet twins.” A Faun-inspired contemporary piece set within the architectural marvel of the Therme Vals sets the stage for the feature, a new documentary with rare archival footage of Rudolf Nureyev in his prime.

Introduction by San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Tiit Helimets

Co-presented by Museum of Performance + Design / Cultural Services of the French Embassy in San Francisco / Alliance Française

Sunday, November 9, 2014 | 4:30 pm

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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La Passion Noureev 2014 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

La Passion Noureev

(USA, 2013) 52:00
Director: Fabrice Herrault
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From the moment of his dramatic leap to freedom at Paris’ Bourget Airport in 1961, Rudolf Nureyev was embraced as a ballet idol. On the 20th anniversary of Rudolf Nureyev’s death, Fabrice Herrault has assembled an impressionistic tribute film that showcases this Byronic artist in some of his peerless early performances through archival footage, much of it previously unseen, revealing “Rudi” at the peak of his powers.

LawsofMotionThe Laws of Motion

(Canada, 2011) 2:29
Director: Mark Adam
Choreographer: Julia Adam

“The Laws of Motion” reveals underlying meaning in classical ballet. An expression of Newton’s Universe.

BubenicekBubenicek *

(Germany, 2013) 17:30
Director: Dieu Hao Do
Choreographer: Jiri Bubenicek
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An intimate portrait of Czech ballet twins Jiří and Otto Bubeníček as they step outside their roles as world class dancers and explore their relationship as brothers.


(Switzerland, 2013) 11:18
Director: Giorgio Madia
Choreographer: Giorgio Madia
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Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” opens up a very sensual perception of nature inspired by the architecture of Therme Vals with its elements of stone, light and water.

* Student Film

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