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Rudolf Nureyev – Genio e sensualità (Rudolf Nureyev – Genius and Sensuality)

Rudolf Nureyev – Genio e sensualità (Rudolf Nureyev – Genius and Sensuality)

Foreign rights sold:
Éditions de Grenelle (France)


A rare portrait of the man and artist behind the mythic rebel

The most authoritative Italian expert on dance talks about the life and career of the great Nureyev. He reveals, along with the stories everyone likes to remember, a wealth of extraordinary details, behind-the-scenes glimpses, anecdotes and testimonies that amazingly no one knew before.

Alberto Testa has created a ravishing and painstaking portrait of the famous dancer. Testa’s approach highlights the intensely contrasting aspects that marked Nureyev’s existence as a man and as an artist. We discover his obsessive need for success and his equally urgent need for freedom; his iron discipline as a professional and his transgressive, mercurial personal life; the glitzy limelight of the international jet-set and his intimate solitude; his extraordinary physical prowess and his premature decline due to illness. A figure of brilliant lights and just as many (yet no less interesting) shadows. The author brings us both antithetical dimensions in a sensitive yet uncompromising treatment that all great human and artistic adventures deserve.


  • – A life that truly seemed like a fable (beginning with Nureyev’s birth on a Trans-Siberian train amidst the snowbound Steppes) told in a highly original way, through juxtapositions and contrasts.
  • – This book is distinguished from the other biographies by the competency and sensitivity of its author, the most highly regarded dance expert in Italy.
  • – Not an essay for dance critics, but rather a rich story, impeccably documented and filled with many hitherto unknown facts and events. The book appeals to all readers, whether lovers of dance or not.

Genre: Essays

Subject: Cinema/theatre/dance

Publishing house:

Gremese International

Year of publication: 2019

Published in: Roma

Number of pages: 168

Price: 16,00 €

ISBN: 978-88-8440-867-9

Foreign rights manager: Alberto Gremese:

Rudolf Nureyev – Genio e sensualità (Rudolf Nureyev – Genius and Sensuality)

Alberto Testa

Alberto Testa was the greatest Italian dance expert and critic. Dancer, choreographer, historian, critic (of Italian newspaper la Repubblica), lecturer, event and exhibitions organizer. He was the founder and artistic director of the Positano L. Massine Award and one of the organizers of the Festival of Two Worlds (Spoleto), for over ten years. He wrote articles and essays (like Parole di danza, Storia della danza e del balletto e 100 grandi balletti).

Other translations:
Parole di danza; Storia della danza e del balletto; 100 grandi balletti