Exhibition File – Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance

costumes worn by Rudolf Nureyev, from the CNCS/Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, photos by Pascal François

I urge everyone in the San Francisco area to rush out to today’s exhibition file show because it closes Sunday! Rudolf Nureyev: A Life in Dance at the de Young Museum sounds wonderful to me because I love the ballet.

The exhibition centers on Nureyev’s life and work. He was a legendary ballet dancer and choreographer originally from the Soviet Union who later defected to France. Nureyev performed with the great Margot Fonteyn, Noella Pontois, and others. The show contains more than 80 costumes with 50 supplemental photographs. They come from Nureyev’s personal collection, now entrusted to the Centre national du costume de scène in France, and loans from active ballet companies.

The exhibition’s website notes that “the costumes on view expose the wear and tear of daily use.” I think it would be fascinating to see what parts of a garment took the most abuse during dance performances and practices. That kind of information would be extremely useful to current costume and fashion designers in their own creative design problems.

Regardless if you are able to take in the romance of the ballet through this exhibition or not, I hope all of you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Address: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30-5:15
Admission: adults $10, seniors $7, youths 13-17 + college students $6, children under 13 + members free
Website: deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/rudolf-nureyev-life-dance

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