March 01, 1998

Ballet's Prodigal Genius



On a recent return flight to Russia from New York, Russian Life Executive Editor Mikhail Ivanov had a chance meeting with Andris Liyepa, who, like his late father, Maris Liyepa, is an internationally-renowned Russian ballet star. Liyepa recently produced a program for the Russian television series Zakulisye (Behind the Veil) and was returning from a Dance on Camera festival held in NY, where Liyepa introduced his first film, The Return of the Firebird. Ivanov took advantage of the meeting, on the eve of Nureyev’s 60th anniversary, to ask Liyepa about Nureyev.

 

Russian Life: Andris, did you meet Nureyev in your lifetime? If you did, tell me under what circumstances, and what were your impressions about his personality?


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