The legislation signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December bans promoting, media and on-line sources, books, movies and theater productions deemed to include “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations,” increasing a 2013 ban on such ”propaganda” aimed toward minors.
The ban on any “demonstration of non-traditional relations” contained within the new legislation apparently prompted the Bolshoi to drag the ballet as a result of it touches on Nureyev’s homosexuality.
Rights teams have harshly criticized the legislation as a state encouragement of homophobia, intolerance and discrimination.
Nureyev, a Soviet-born ballet dancer and choreographer, defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961.
The ballet choreographed by outstanding theater and movie director Kirill Serebrennikov premiered in 2017. Its performances scheduled for the final yr had been cancelled after Serebrennikov criticized Moscow’s military action in Ukraine and left Russia.
Final month, the Bolshoi additionally cancelled one other Serebrennikov manufacturing, the ballet “A Hero of Our Time” that was alleged to premier in Could. It didn’t give any cause for the cancellation.