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Claude Debussy: Prélude à l‘après-midi d‘un faune
Selections from ballets by Aram Khatchaturian (Gayaneh), Adolphe Adam (Giselle) and Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky (Sleeping beauty) and music by Sergej Prokofiev (Overture on Hebraic themes), Dmitri Shostakovitch etc.
Paris, Le Bourget Airport, 16 June 1961: the Kirov Theatre ballet boards a plane to London, but the star of the troupe is held up. The KGB informs Rudolf Nureyev that he has to fly back home. He knows the end of his career or even worse is lying ahead. So he calls out to the French police officers that he would like to apply for asylum. They circle around him and bring him to safety. The most brilliant dancer of the era changes fronts in the midst of the Cold War, but his friend in East Berlin can’t follow him: on 13 August, the Berlin Wall is built. Dance as a stage for big politics and as a private tragedy – both is tangible in Nureyev’s life. He died as an Austrian citizen in January 1993.