Censored? Bolshoi cancels Nureyev biopic ballet

Censored? Bolshoi cancels Nureyev biopic ballet


norman lebrecht

July 09, 2017

No reason has officially been given for scrapping Tuesday’s world premiere of a ballet about a very bad boy.

But local fingers point towards its hero’s gay life and the recent arrest of its nonconformist director.

The Bolshoi promises and explanation tomorrow.

photo David Farrell/Lebrecht


  • AB says:

    Most probably, the reason is not the “gay propaganda law” nor the privat life of the principal character, but the investigation against the stage director Serebrennikov (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/russian-director-detained-35m-fraud-probe-1007094)

    And since the general manager of the Bolshoi is in the negotiations to extend his contract – he protects himself by postponing the premiere, for sure.