5/4/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Maya Plisetskaya Dances Bolero, And The Dying Swan

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Maya Plisetskaya, Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Bolshoi Ballet, danced Maurice Bejart’s Bolero set to the famous Ravel score in 1975. Plisetskaya created a stunning theatrical experience. What makes the piece so compelling is that although Plisetskaya may be accompanied by dozens of other dancers mirroring her movement, the first and only focus is on the prima ballerina herself.  Continue reading

4/6/18 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Anthony Dowell and Natalia Makarova- A Perfect Partership

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Two great artists perform excerpts from three works; Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, Sir Frederick Ashton’s  A Month In The Country and Act 3 Swan Lake Continue reading

12/17/17 O&A NYC 8 DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park (1963)


Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park dances Grande pas de deux from The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker (1963). Continue reading

3/10/17 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Paul Taylor’s Auréole (Excerpt)- Royal Danish Ballet with Rudolf Nureyev

Excerpt from Paul Taylor’s Auréole performed by The Royal Danish Ballet (1978) featuring Vivi Flindt, Eva Kloborg, Anne Sonnerup, Johnny Eliasen and Rudolf Nureyev. Continue reading

1/28/17 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY- EXTRA: Rudolf Nureyev And Margot Fonteyn Perform Act II of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (Balcony Scene)

After the ball, Juliet (Margot Fonteyn)  is on her balcony, dreaming of Romeo  when he (Rudolf Nureyev) enters below. Continue reading

12/20/16 O&A NYC DANCE 12 DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: Grand Pas de deux- Paris Opera Ballet


Myriam Ould-Braham (Clara) and Jérémie Bélingard (the prince) perform Rudolf Nureyev’s second act’s Grand Pas de deux from the Nutcracker. Continue reading

12/16/16 12 DAYS OF NUTCRACKER: Gran Pas De Deux- Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park- (1963)


Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park performs Gran Pas De Deux in the Royal Ballet’s 1963 Nutcracker production.   Continue reading

10/25/16 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Sylvie Guillem- Mademoiselle Non (1993)


Sylvie Guillem joined the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera at age fifteen. A dance superstar whose breathtaking technique ranks her beside the likes of Nureyev and Baryshnikov the program centers on film of Guillem rehearsing and performing a range of pieces, both contemporary and classical, which display her astonishing virtuosity. Continue reading

10/7/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Nureyev & The Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky 1980

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Nureyev & The Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky, features three ballets Petrouchka, Le spectre de la rose, L’après-midi d’un faune was recorded on August 1980 in Nashville. 


As Robert Joffrey, artistic director of the company, explains toward the end of this program, no one really knows in precise detail how the Vaslav Nijinsky of legend danced. These re-creations were assembled by reading about him and by looking at photographs in costume. Needless to say, dance scholars have been afforded endless opportunity for taking indignant exception to bits and pieces of the reconstructions.

Nureyev & The Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky 1980

Petrouchka (Rudolf Nureyev, Denise Jackson, Christian Holder, Gary Chryst)

Le spectre de la rose (Rudolf Nureyev, Denise Jackson)

L’après-midi d’un faune (Rudolf Nureyev, Charlene Gehm)

National Philharmonic Orchestra ; Terence Kern, conductor ; Paul Jacobs, solo piano.

6/8/16 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Swan Lake- III Act- Sylvie Guillem, Manuel Legris, Cyril Atanasoff

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The Swan Lake III Act pas de trois in Rudolf Nureyev’s version with Sylvie Guillem, Manuel Legris and Cyril Atanasoff from the 1988 Paris Opera Ballet production. Continue reading