Rudolf Nureyev, a dancing legend in his own time, will visit Salt Lake City on Feb. 20 with his touring group, "Rudolf Nureyev and Friends." His appearance is sponsored by the Utah Symphony.
Nureyev's Friends are six supporting dancers selected from Italy, Denmark, Brazil, Paris and the United States. Their program will feature works choreographed by Nureyev, Maurice Bejart, August Bournonville, Flemming Flindt and Jose Limon, including Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer," "The Moor's Pavane" with music by Purcell, and pas de deux from "Don Quixote" and "Sleeping Beauty."Tickets are now on sale, ranging from $15-$50, at the Utah Symphony box office. A limited number of $250 tickets will guarantee prime seating and dinner after the concert with Nureyev and the dancers.
Nureyev was born in Tatar Russia, studied at the Vaganova School in Leningrad and joined the Kirov Ballet before defecting to the West. During the past 30 years he has danced with more than 30 companies around the world. He was artistic director of the Paris Opera 1983-89, and most recently he toured the United States and Canada as the King in "The King and I."