International Festival of Classic Ballet named after Rudolf Nuriyev

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The festival bearing the name of Rudolf "The Genghis Khan of Ballet" Nuriyev has been staged in Kazan since 1987. Nuriyev himself was in attendance in 1992. He conducted the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky for the ballet The Nutcracker. It was then that Nuriyev gave his consent for the festival to be named after him.

The Rudolf Nuriyev Ballet Festival provides an opportunity (if one is prepared to make an effort – it is not easy to get tickets) to see all the ballet productions of Tatar State Opera & Ballet Theatre named after Musa Jalil. The company's artists dance at the festival alongside the guest stars from some of the foremost ballet companies of Russia and Europe – the likes of Ulyana Lopatkina and Nikolay Tsiskaridze.