Six international dancers highlight "Rudolf Nureyev and Friends," sponsored by the Utah Symphony in Symphony Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Kory Katseanes will conduct the orchestra and dancers in six selections, including two Bournonville choreographies: the pas de six from "Napoli" and the pas de deux from "The Flower Festival." Further pas de deux will be from "Don Quixote" by Minkus and "Sleeping Beauty" by Tchaikovsky.Nureyev himself will dance with Charles Jude in "Songs of a Wayfarer" by Mahler (to be sung by baritone David Power of Salt Lake City), with choreography by Maurice Bejart. He will also appear as Otello in "The Moor's Pavane," a dramatic dance for four with music by Purcell and choreography by Jose Limon.
Nureyev's Friends include the ballerinas Isabelle Boutot, Evelyne DeSutter, Marie-Christine Mouis and Flavia Vallone. Trained at the Paris Opera school, Boutot joined the Geneva Ballet in 1977; in the U.S., she has danced with the New Jersey Ballet and Ballet Arizona. DeSutter also trained and danced with the Paris Opera Ballet, and has danced with Roland Petit, London Festival and Monte Carlo Ballets, plus many guest appearances internationally.
Mouis joined the Boston Ballet in 1981, after being a member of the Paris Opera Ballet. She has danced almost every principal role with Boston, and guested internationally. Born in Rome, Vallone trained at La Scala ballet school, and joined La Scala Ballet after a year's study at the Bolshoi in Moscow.
Charles Jude joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 1973, where he has made an illustrious career in all major roles. Jude was awarded the 1988 Lifar Prize as the company's outstanding male dancer. Andre Fedotov, a member of the Bolshoi Ballet since 1981, has toured internationally with that company, and at other times with Nureyev.
Special seating and a gala post-concert dinner with Nureyev and the accompanying dancers will recognize benefactors who give $250 or more in support of this production.
Tickets at $15-$50 are on sale at the Utah Symphony box office, 123 W. South Temple, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and one hour prior to the concert. For phone reservations, call 533-NOTE.