|I Am A Dancer|
by Willard Manus
Attention all dance lovers! Film Movement has reissued the 1972 documentary about Rudolf Nureyev, I AM A DANCER, in an upgraded HD version which makes the film seem as fresh and engaging as the original.
Directed by French film-maker Pierre Jourdan, I AM A DANCER focuses on Nureyevs life and work, with emphasis on his iconic performances with his longtime partner, Margot Fonteyn. There are also generous excerpts from the ballets he danced with Deanne Bergsma, Carla Fracci and Lynn Seymour. With a narration written by John Percival and spoken by Bryan Forbes, I AM A DANCER provides a unique glimpse into Nureyevs personality, preparation and technique.
Nureyev was at the height of his powers in 1972. Having recently defected from the Soviet Union, the 22-year-old dancer joined the Royal Ballet in England, where he teamed up with Fonteyn. More than twice his age, she was still able to match his energy, drive and dazzling technique, as evidenced by the performance of Marguerite and Armand captured in the DVD.
As much as
Nureyev admired and respected Fonteyn, he still continued to seek out
other partners, especially those who were rooted in the American dance
world. I love classical dance, he explained, but I wanted
to expand my range and investigate modern dance. He did just that
in 1975 when he joined Martha Grahams company.