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Bolshoi to premiere previously canceled Nureyev ballet

December 8, 2017
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 1991 file photo, dancer Rudolf Nureyev concentrates as he conducts for the very first time an ensemble in Deauville, Normandy. The Bolshoi Theater on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 is to premiere a controversial ballet about dancer Rudolf Nureyev after the original opening was postponed and its director arrested. The production’s opening was cancelled on short notice in July, raising concerns that the ballet’s frank treatment of Nureyev’s gay relationships had offended authorities. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, file)
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 1991 file photo, dancer Rudolf Nureyev concentrates as he conducts for the very first time an ensemble in Deauville, Normandy. The Bolshoi Theater on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 is to premiere a controversial ballet about dancer Rudolf Nureyev after the original opening was postponed and its director arrested. The production’s opening was cancelled on short notice in July, raising concerns that the ballet’s frank treatment of Nureyev’s gay relationships had offended authorities. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, file)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s history Bolshoi Theater is getting ready to premiere a ballet about dancer Rudolf Nureyev after the original opening was postponed and its director arrested.

The production’s Moscow opening was canceled on short notice in July, raising concerns that the ballet’s frank treatment of Nureyev’s same-sex relationships had offended Russian authorities.

The original director, Kirill Serebrennikov, was arrested in August on charges of embezzling more than $1 million in state funds. His arrest raised concerns about a possible return of Soviet-style arts repression.

Serebrennikov’s productions have offended social conservatives in the past.

Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin says the show opening Saturday is unchanged from the one that was canceled.

Nureyev rose to fame with the Kirov Ballet before he defected to the United States in 1961. He died in 1993.

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