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The Real Nureyev (Anglais) Relié – décembre 2005

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"'I found her view from backstage a fascinating one, the whole process of putting on a ballet, the tensions and dramas that we in the audience do not see. Her portrait of Nureyev is a valuable addition to the many biographies already published.'" (Publishing News)

"'Carolyn Souter, with her unique perspective, has captured the fragility, the compulsion for perfection, and the tremendous work ethic embodied in Rudolph Nureyev. So much of Rudolph's complex life was spent in the theatre, not just onstage, but the very lonely backstage. This moving book is a very full portrait of the great Nureyev, and has revived precious memories for me. Brava Carolyn.'" (Violette Verdy, Distinguished Professor of Ballet, Indiana University-Bloomington) --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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The Real Nureyev is an intensely personal, under-the-skin depiction of ballet's greatest hero. Written by Carolyn Soutar, Nureyev's stage manager at the London Coliseum during the 1980s, it focuses on the last, intensely creative, six-year period in the dancer's life - when he was still at the peak of his powers, yet just a few years away from an untimely death.The author draws upon her own experiences and - exclusively - those of Robert Tracy, Nureyev's lover and then companion during the last 14 years of his life; Bill Akers and Roger Myers, who first met and worked with Nureyev in 1962 in Australia; and Yoko Morishita, Prima Ballerina with the Matsuyama Ballet Company, Tokyo, who partnered Rudolf for most of the '80s. From Akers and Myers, we learn of the changes in Nureyev: from a young man eager to learn, searching for perfection in a body he believed to be flawed, to the knowledgeable and difficult superstar that he would become. They quash the rumours and set the record straight on Nureyev's relationship with Margot Fonteyn, while Morishita describes what it was like to dance with Nureyev, recalling their first meeting, their friendship both on and offstage and his pride, care and attention when teaching her certain roles. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, yet always deeply human, this is an intimate insider story of what the man himself was really about. It combines unique first-person accounts and reminiscences of the two aspects of his life which have been veiled from public view: Nureyev the man and lover, and Nureyev the professional at work. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Some funny and witty stories here ... 18 février 2011
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OK, so not a great book, not scholarly like Julie Kavanagh's "Nureyev, A Life," a little messy, but I think worthwhile in a certain way, it does describe something of the way Nureyev talked and behaved, and the fact that this is told from a stage manager's point of view is a plus, in my opinion. I read this Very Fast on the couch, in a couple of hours. You can breeze through it and find the funny stuff easily. One thing that sets this biography apart from nearly all the others is that the author knew Nureyev, for years. She knew him in the place he liked best, the theater. Other reviews here point out errors, lack of fact-checking, and those are valid criticisms. I noticed those misstatements, too.

To write this book, the author relied heavily on sessions she spent with Nureyev's former lover, and the picture we get of that man (perhaps unintentionally) is sad. We see him as a discarded, abandoned former lover who could not let go, continuing to live in one of Nureyev's residences when Rudolf was elsewhere. Ack, you get the picture all too clearly of someone living off the dust of a former relationship, which includes, I might add, getting involved in a long series of interviews with this author about life with the Famous Man. The better information in the book is not what the author got from those interviews, but what she observed herself. The funny stories about Nureyev are well told, like watching a movie, you can see these things happening, and you will laugh out loud at a few of them.

In my opinion, the best personal account of Nureyev is Rudi van Dantzig's wonderful bio, "Trail of a Comet." That is one amazing look at Nureyev, very personal, but without a trace of gossip. Van Dantzig was/is a Dutch choreographer, Nureyev wanted to dance his dances, and did. They were friends for 25 years, totally different guys, but with a common thread of interest. Five gold stars, I recommend it without reservation. This one, it's just for fun, don't take it too seriously.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The ghost of Rudolf Nureyev doggedly pursued. 10 mai 2015
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Soutar—who, as stage manager of London's Coliseum in the 1980s, knew and idolized Nureyev—but never quite caught his essence in her disjointed, sometimes trite, sometimes charming collection of memories. The ballerina Violette Verdy captures Nureyev's raw power best: "He was primitive, untamed. He did everything instinctively, almost barbarously."
5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a great way to get the backstage insight to one of ... 25 octobre 2016
Par Carol Davids - Publié sur
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What a great way to get the backstage insight to one of my heroes. I also learned so much that one never sees about the whole operation of the production of the ballet; not only the genius on stage'
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Book 3 septembre 2014
Par Anjelicke - Publié sur
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As this was a gift for the former ballerina that is my second mother, I will have to go on what she has said about the book. She was captivated from the first page to the last. A very good read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Andromeda 21 juin 2006
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I am drawn to Nureyev because of his love of dance. He loves every part of it and draws you into his exciting world. He may have been a difficult person, but he was passionate about what he did. I enjoy reading about his life and what movitated his art.
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