Rudolf Nureyev in Hong Kong in 1989. Photo: SCMP
Rudolf Nureyev in Hong Kong in 1989. Photo: SCMP

Rudolf Nureyev’s first, and last, Hong Kong performances were unforgettable for all the wrong reasons

  • ‘Why did you wait 28 years to invite me?’ asked the 51-year-old ballet dancer when her arrived in the city as part of his farewell tour in 1989
  • Described as well past his prime, one reviewer said of his performance, ‘The temptation last night was to look away and pretend it wasn’t happening’

Rudolf Nureyev in Hong Kong in 1989. Photo: SCMP
Rudolf Nureyev in Hong Kong in 1989. Photo: SCMP
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