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Rudolf Nureyev - Dance to Freedom

Dance, espionage and passion come together in a powerful docudrama that tells the extraordinary story of how Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West in 1961.

Dance, espionage and passion come together in this powerful and exciting docudrama that tells the extraordinary story of how Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West in 1961 and became a living legend. Spectacular dance performance is provided by Bolshoi Ballet star Artem Ovcharenko in the role of Nureyev.

The film shows a thrilling recreation of the events in the four months that led to Nureyev's defection at Paris's Le Bourget airport on June 16th 1961, helping to change the course of the Cold War. It shows how those events transformed not only Nureyev's personal fame and fortune, but those of everyone else around him.

This film offers an important opportunity to hear this momentous story told by those who participated in it. First-hand accounts are provided by those who were on the fateful tour with Nureyev, including former prima ballerina Alla Osipenko and rival male soloist Sergei Vikulov. Two principal figures instrumental in Nureyev's defection - his intimate friend Clara Saint and the dancer and choreographer Pierre Lacotte - also provide their version of these world-changing events.

Dance to Freedom is a close-focus, multi-layered account of one of the most thrilling intrigues of the 20th century, uniquely told in a mix of revelatory testimony, tense dramatization and spectacular dance performance of Nureyev's roles, offering an original interpretation of why the defection took place. It is a timely reminder of what happens when art and politics collide and how truth can often be more astonishing than fiction.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Mon 25 Mar 2019 22:00


Role Contributor
Producer Richard Curson Smith
Writer Richard Curson Smith
Director Richard Curson Smith
Executive Producer Franny Moyle
Executive Producer Greg Sanderson
Executive Producer Jan Younghusband
Rudolph Nureyev Artem Ovcharenko
Clara Saint Svetlana Smirnova
Yuri Soloviev Artem Yakovlev
Vitaly Strizhevsky Yuri Utkin
Pierre Lacotte Denis Aliev
Konstantin Sergeyev Vladimir Chernychov
Alla Osipenko Svetlana Bednenko
Natalia Dudinskaya Nataliya Grigorutsa
Tamara Zakrzhevskaya Alina Murzagalieva
Claire Motte Elena Rusina
Gregor Alexinski Konstantin Kordo-Syesoev
Ghislaine Thesmar Anna Tikhomirova
Assistant Director Diana Ugryumova
Assistant Director Liza Chicherina
Production Designer Evgeny Drabkin
Production Assistant Eilis Martin
Production Assistant Emma Nicholson
Actor Ruth Dunbar
Production Coordinator Robyn Gray
Production Manager Catherine Ross
Production Manager Nan Gourlay
Music Supervisor Ross Sellwood
Music Adviser Elizabeth Rogers
Colourist Michael Sanders
On-line editing Dominic McMahon
Re-recording mixer Dave Murricane
Assistant Producer Chris Marks
Associate Producer Yelena Durden-Smith
Composer Richard Canavan
Director of photography Graham Smith
Editor Tom Herington
Production Company IWC Media


  • Sat 19 Dec 2015 20:50
  • Fri 12 Feb 2016 23:35
  • Sat 13 Feb 2016 00:05
  • Mon 25 Mar 2019 22:00