One month ago, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, reported an anti-gay purge in Chechnya. According to it, more than a hundred men suspected of being homosexual or bisexual, would be tortured in secret prisons, not far from Grozny, the capital.
« An escape in the line of the spy novels of the Cold War » René Sirvin.
Between KGA and CIA, truths or fictions, the history of Nureyev overflows with incredible events. Nothing but his youth resembles a film. Nureyev, the fourth child and only son of Hamet and Farida Nureyev, was born on 17 March 1938 on the Trans-Siberian Lake Baikal.
Beast of stage, Nureyev also defrays the chronicle by his sexual appetite. Homosexual, he becomes not only a political icon but erotic. « In the middle of the Cold War and the expansion of mass capitalist culture, he is the right person at the right time, » says Christophe Fiat. « He is emblematic of sexual liberation in the 1960s. Like Jackie Kennedy, but his lovers are men, his escort boys »
While Kirov Ballet was preparing to go on a tour to Paris and London, Nureyev’s rebellious character and a non-conformist attitude made him an unlikely candidate for a trip to the West, which was to be of crucial importance to the Soviet government’s ambitions to portray their cultural supremacy.
Nureyev was seen to have broken the rules about mingling with foreigners, which alarmed the Kirov’s management and the KGB agents observing him. The KGB wanted to send him back to the Soviet Union. As a consequence, Sergeyev (Kirov’s artistic director) told him he would have to return to Moscow for « a special performance » in the Kremlin, which, of course, was just a pretext to send him back in URSS and punish him for his attitude in Paris. As Kirov refused, Sergeyed told him his mother had fallen severely ill and that he needed to visit her in emergency. Nureyev refused again, believing that on return to the USSR he was likely to be imprisoned.
While Noureev was partying in France, he met up with two of his close friends including the dancer Pierre Lacoste and Clara Saint, , who was engaged to the son of the French Minister of Culture Andre Malraux. Pierre Lacotte, who was at the airport with him says: « He threw himself on me and said, » We’ve just spoken to me, it’s terrible, it’s over…I’m being sent back to the Soviet Union, and I will never dance again. I’m going to end up in Siberia. » However, also monitored from the corner of the eye by KGB agents, Lacotte writes the name and telephone number of C.Saint on a piece of paper that he manages to slip to a stranger. Clara Saint finaly comes, and spots Rudolf sitting at the aiport’s bar. The two agents of the KGB intercept her, but, playing her charm, she managed to coax them by making them understand that she came to bid farewell to her friend.
Clara and Nureyev quickly exchange a few words in English:
« I want to stay here. Please help me! »
She’s worried :
« Are you sure ? »
« Yes, I’m sure. »
On arriving at Le Bourget, Clara had spotted an antenna of the French police on the upper floor, she thus ran to interpellate the french police.
« There are downstairs two KGB guards who want to forcibly return a Kirov dancer to his country, when he does not want it. »
Nonetheless, Noureev has to come by himself to the police. As a consequence, C.Saint leans towards her friends and whispers (in order not to be heard by the guards) :
« Look at the two policemen leaning on the bar. You go to them and tell them you want to stay here. »
Rudolf leapt to his feet and fled at full speed towards the two policemen. Still running, Rudolf shouts to the two Frenchmen « I want to stay in France! I want to stay in France! »
Nureyev trembles with all his members. He sees the two guards of the KGB rushing on him and trying to seize him. In Russian, they cry to the kidnapping, but the two French policemen do not let themselves be impressed.
They drag the star of the Kirov into a room to ask him to think carefully about his decision. Noureev hesitates for 20 minutes. If he pushes the door through which he entered, he is recovered by the two Soviets with no other hope of getting out of Russia.
If he pushes the other door behind which the two Frenchmen are waiting for him, it is freedom, but also the loss forever of his mother, his country, his youth.
He has a few minutes to choose between two futures, two destinies. The rest of the story is known.
Indeed, R. Nurevey choose liberty and obtains the political wing. However, the Sovet Union sentenced him in absentia to seven years in prison for high treason. Nevertheless, Rudolf is free to dance around the world.
Dance career :
From 1962, Rudolf Nureyev danced for several years at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, London.Star of the Royal Ballet, Margot Fonteyn (42 years old) will become his most beautiful partner. Both will form the most famous pair of the universe of classical dance.
Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev dance for the first time together « Giselle » on February 21, 1962. When the curtain falls that night, the audience is so amazed that there is a silence of a few moments before the applause, followed by 23 reminders.
In 1964 Rudolf Nureyev created his first swan-lake choreography for the State Opera of Vienna. In this ballet he interprets the role of the prince alongside Margot Fonteyn who interprets Odette and Odile. At the end of a performance, there are 89 curtain levies, a unique event in the history of ballet. It’s only in 1982 that Rudolf Nureyev becomes an Austrian citizen and is appointed an honorary member of the Vienna Opera.
As a matter of fact, Rudolf Nureyev performs on the stage of all major international companies. The star receives $ 7.9 million a year, the biggest stamp a dancer has ever received.
In the 1980s, Rudolf Nureyev danced regularly at the Paris Opera. He was appointed director of the ballet of the Opéra national de Paris from 1 September 1983 by Jack Lang, then Minister of Culture. Rudolf Nureyev held this position until 1989.
After many requests, he finally obtains from Gorbachev, at the end of 1989, a forty-eight-hour visa in Leningrad to see his mother. He returned to St. Petersburg for the first time, quoting Ossip Mandelstam’s verse: « Return to my city known to tears … » 29, to visit his dying mother.
Disease and death :
In 1984, when Rudolf Nureyev lost a lot of weight and suffered persistent fever, he underwent medical examinations and discovered that he had HIV (AIDS). For many years he denied the fact. When, by the year 1990, he became obviously ill, he courageously fought his disease without ceasing to dance. He tries several experimental treatments that do not slow the inevitable degeneration of his body. He appears emaciated and has more and more difficult to move.He must, however, face reality. At that time, his courage aroused the admiration of many of his detractors. His physical decay makes him suffer, but he continues to fight by showing himself in public. During his last public appearance on October 8, 1992, for the first of his production of La Bayadère at the Palais Garnier after Marius Petipa, the audience gave him a standing ovation.
Rudolf Nureyev died in a clinic in Levallois-Perret three months later, on 6 January 1993, at the age of 54 years. The presenter of the French television news channel, Christine Ockrent, made the announcement:
« From the beast he had a burning look and movements too. Powerful and shuddering, the Tatar prince, the lord of the dance, who fled the communists, Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris. He was only 54 years old. »
During the same show, Pierre Bergé, director of the Opéra National de Paris at the time, remarks:
« It’s great to have 19 out of 20. It’s very rare to have 20 out of 20. But to have 21 out of 20, it’s still much rarer. And that was the case of Nureyev. Rudolf Nureyev is the lord of dance, an unclassifiable dancer »
Tributes and Distinctions :
– Rudolf Nureyev was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1988.
– On October 8, 1992, the then Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, awarded him the highest cultural award, making him Commander of the Arts and Letters.
– At the Opéra National de Paris, a « Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev » dance evening takes place every ten years. They took place on 20 January 2003 and 6 March 2013.
Video « The Nutcracker » :
Video (rare solo) :
Throughout his career, Harry Styles, has remained somewhat shrouded in mystery: aside from the publicity that surrounds One Direction, he is surprisingly aloof. Now, he is embarking on a career of his own – as both an actor and a solo musician – and he has turned to Another Man to celebrate his independence.
Harry Edward Styles, thanks to this magazine, reveals to the world his role-models who inspired him to become the person he is today. Being in One Direction made him hide his true personality, that is to say, to look like the other members (like a perfect British boyband)- to please the fans.
“It became immediately apparent that there was so much more depth to him than to your regular boyband star, so we thought, let’s make it all about him.” said Alister Mackie, founder of the magazine in 2005, and now its creative director. It led to an issue that revolves around Styles, from three cover stories, each an immersion into a different facet of his persona, to an intimate archive of his personal memorabilia. Thus, in one cover he looks a little punky. In another he’s a turtle-necked-1960s singer-songwriter. And in another he’s a long-haired-1970s rocker.
First of all, the team of Another Man travelled to Styles’ hometown of Cheshire with the famous photographer Alasdair McLellan. Indeed, they went to Harry’s school, the bakery he used to work in before XFactor and his favorite pub. During the interview, Styles revealed how he still finds peace in his childhood town with Paul McCartney. “My parents still live where I grew up so that’s one of the places for me where I feel like I disappear the most,” Harry says.The two singers then explained struggling with breaking off from a band and finding their own writing styles.
During the photoshoot, Styles visited Mackie’s Shoreditch studio to rifle through the book, this time filled with pop star portraits and ephemera, Mick Jagger and John Lydon, and copies of Oh Boy! – a seventies’ pop-meets-punk version of Smash Hits.
As a conclusion, this article is his way of drawing a line between Harry Styles: the guy from One Direction, and Harry Styles: the solo artist, and future actor. Indeed, Harry said “I’ve always wanted to explore but I was busy with the band so I never felt I had time to do it the right way. When we took some time off, I thought I’d see if it might work. It’s a challenge, but it feels good to be out of my comfort zone.”
In fact, the pop star is going to turn in the movie Dunkirk which will be realeased on July 21, 2017. Dunkirk focuses on World War II’s biggest rescue operation, the 1940 evacuation of some 338,000 Allied troops from the shores of Northern France after they were surrounded by Adolf Hitler’s invading Nazi forces. This movie is a sort of revival for him, to show the world a different aspect of his personality.
« La vie sans musique est tout simplement une erreur, une fatigue, un exil. » Friedrich Nietzsche
Au lieu de vous écrire un article sur des résolutions que je ne tiendrais pas, je préfère amplement commencer l’année en musique avec une playlist que j’entretiens depuis maintenant bien des semaines !
Comme d’habitude, j’écoute énormément de styles différent, de Gainsbourg à Nekfeu en passant par de l’acid et du rock; par conséquent vous devriez trouver votre petit bonheur !
Je suis consciente que les musiques ne plairont pas à tout le monde mais comme les genres sont divers et variés, c’est peut-être l’occasion de s’ouvrir à des sons que vous n’avez pas l’habitude de découvrir (et ça me fera très plaisir !)
SKRY – Looped circuit
(AIRMANN Remix) Serge Gainsbourg – Initials B.B
P-Lo & K Camp- I Might
(Chapeleiro Remix) – La Espanolita
(LDRU Remix) BROODS – Bridges
Aquarius Heaven – Universe (Original Mix)
Muse – Unintended
Nekfeu – Esquimaux
Ed Sheehan – Shape Of You
Rihanna – Goodnight Gotham
Jesper Jenset – Lies
Major Lazer, Moti, WizKid, Ty Dolla $ign – Boom
Snakeship, MO – Don’t Leave
Miley Cyrus – Jolene
PNL – Jusqu’au dernier gramme
Nekfeu – Squa
The Weekend – Rockin’
Seeb / NEEV – Breathe
Tom Rosenthal – It’s Ok
Bavoog Avers – Oubliez moi
Serge Gainsbourg – Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais
Lady Gaga – Grigio Girls
Hairspray – I can hear the bells
Britney Spears – Gimme more
Lana Del Rey – Freak
Ariana Grande – Tattooed heart
Noah Cyrus – Make me cry
Taylor Swift – All too well
Feder Ft. Alex Aiono – Lordly
Lana Del Rey – 24
The irrepressibles – In This Shirt
Niall Horan – This Town
Nekfeu – Saturne
Lana del Rey – Salvatore
The Weeknd – I feel it coming
Katy Perry – Rise
Zedd Ft Kesha – True colors
S-Crew – Nés pour mener
Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
Selena Gomez – Feel me
Comme ça fait longtemps que je ne vous avez pas fait un article simple, sans trop de blah blah, et en français ; par conséquent j’ai décidé de revenir un peu aux sources (de la blogueuse) avec des idées de nail art simples (mais tout à fait efficaces) à reproduire cet hiver pour les fêtes.
Toutes les images viennent de mon compte Pinterest que vous pouvez trouver juste ici. Les modèles sont assez simples (et rapides) à reproduire. Le résultat fait toujours sont effet si vous voulez changer du bordeaux de Noël ou vernis pailleté habituel du nouvel an.
Les techniques sont relativement faciles puisqu’il vous suffit juste si ce n’est qu’un peu de scotch, et de rigueur, et si des problèmes adviennent lors de la main gauche, demandez de l’aide à une fabuleuse amie !
Pour ce qui est de ces premières images, astuce toute bête, mais tout de même valable, prenez des petits oeillets pour reproduire la forme ovale et donc dissocier les deux couleurs.
Tous ce modèles sont assez simples à reproduire suivant les photos et changent d’une manucure habituelle et unicolore. Par ailleurs, celles-ci peuvent être plutôt drôle à faire (perso je me fais des petits challenges, que je ne réussis pas toujours avouons le.)
J’espère que l’article vous aura plu, j’ai voulu un peu changer de d’habitude et faire quelque chose de plus simple et « créatif » donc surtout n’hésitez pas à me dire si ces modèles vous ont plu ou si vous avez tenté de les recréer !
Joyeuses fêtes !
We all know the face of the 45th President of the United States of America, who’s been elected on this 8th of November; but do you really know his programm? his political party? or even his life before the presidential election?
Donald Trump :
- Born and rased in New York in 1946 (70 years old). Trump is of German ancestry on his father’s side and Scottish ancestry on his mother’s side; all four of his grandparents were born in Europe.
- Son of Fred Trump, property developer of New York and cofoundator of Elizabeth Trump & Son
- Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968
- In 1971 he was given control of his father Fred Trump’s real estate and construction firm and later renamed it The Trump Organization, rising to public prominence shortly thereafter.
- President of the organization in 1973. That year, he and his father drew wider attention when the Justice Department alleged that they were discriminating against blacks who wanted to rent apartments, rather than merely screening out people based on low income as the Trumps stated.
- Well-know for building his Empire and his reputation alongside prestigious towers which are usually named « Trump ». Most of them, such as the Trump Tower, are situated in New York’s state; there are mostly skyscraper but there’s also casinos, for instance The Big Casino in Atlantic City, The Trump Taj-Mahal
- Trump has appeared at the Miss USA pageants, which he owned from 1996 to 2015, and has made cameo appearances in films and television series.
- He sought the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000, but withdrew before voting began.
- He hosted and co-produced The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC, from 2004 to 2015.
- Listed by Forbes as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 113th in the United States, with a net worth of $4.5 billion. Trump himself claimed his net worth was over $10 billion
Kristen Jaymes Stewart est un des mes plus grands modèles. Comme beaucoup d’autres, je l’ai découverte dans la saga Twilight, ayant débuté en 2008 avec le premier chapitre Fascination. Kristen Stwart interprètera alors le rôle de Bella Swan jusqu’en 2012 avec le tout dernier chapitre (le cinquième partie 2) Révélation.
Néanmoins Kristen débute sa carrière beaucoup plus tôt et devient déscolarisée à l’âge de 13 ans, non seulement du fait de sa célébrité croissante mais également du à des troubles du comportement tels que l’hyper-activité.
La comédienne est remarquée à 8 ans lors d’un spectacle de Noël organisé par son école primaire (et oui). Celle-ci jouera alors par la suite dans quelques films tels que The Safety Of Objets, Panic Room ou encore La Gorge du Diable. Elle jouera de même le rôle principal du film Speak, réalisé par Jessica Sharzer en 2004, alors âgée de 13 ans.
Son succès international débute réellement en 2009, à la suite du premier chapitre de Twilight, où celle-ci détient le premier rôle féminin aux cotés de l’acteur Britannique Robert Pattinson. De nombreuses récompenses lui seront ensuite destinées telles que :
1. 2009 : MTV Movie Awards de la meilleure actrice dans un drame d’aventure pour Twilight, chapitre I : Fascination
2. 2009 : Teen Choice Awards de la meilleure actrice dans un drame d’aventure pour Twilight, chapitre I : Fascination
3. 63e cérémonie des British Academy Film Awards 2010 : Rising Star Award
Kristen Stewart interprète ensuite le rôle de Joan Jett dans The Runaways réalisé par Floria Sigismondi, aux côtés de Dakota Fanning, un biopic du légendaire groupe de jeunes rockeuses. La personnalité et le style de Kristen ressortent dans les rôles que celle-ci interprète. Elle brise le côté « ado amoureuse » de Twilight pour mettre en lumière son côté perdue et torturée, intrépide, et surtout authentique.
Who doesn’t know Kanye West? Some of you may recognise him beacause of his incredible music career, some others may identifie him as the Kardashian’s husband or even as the new fashion phenomenon.
Kanye West, since his infancy, has been into art and especially poetry and music. At only twelve years old, he wrote and sold his first hip hop’s composition. Moreover, it the end of the 90’s, Kanye west studied at Chicago’s Univeristy of Art for 6 months before deciding to dedicate his life to music.
Kanye soon started to collaborate with many famous artists such as Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson or even Jay-Z, by being their productor. Eventually, he realeased his first album solo The College Dropout in 2004. The latter has won 3 Grammy Awards. The College Dropout is qualified has the best album of the year by The New York Times and Time Magazine, which ranks Kanye among the 100 most influential celebrities of the world. On top of that, in december 2009, Entertainment Weekly would design Kanye’s first album solo as the « best album of the decade ».
30-years-old Kanye released his third album, Graduation, on september 11 2007 which represent the most sold album since 50 cent’s album The Massacre, in 2005. In this album we can hear the well-know french group Daft Punk on the title Stronger, which is a remake of Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. The song is considered as the best featuring of the year. This album symbolises the start of his international sucess. At this point, every single album of Kanye has known a phenomenal sucess, especially in America.
Once again, Kanye surprised us on twitter, in February 2016, by annoucing a brand new album named The Life Of Pablo. His well-known family, The Kardashians contributed to the whole promotion, thanks to the incredible number of followers they have.
Kanye West is also known for being a fashion victim. As he has a very strong image in the media, luxury brands try to use his fame in commercials or collections. For instence, in 2009, Louis Vuitton collaborated with Kanye West for a sneaker collection. Furthermore, Nike increased their sales with a new design made by K.West named « Yeezy », which can be sell for about 3000$ (10 times more expensive than it initial price.)
On October 1 of 2011, during the Paris Fashion Week, Kanye invited around 50 people to premiere his women’s fashion label, DW Kanye West. His debut fashion show received mixed-to-negative reviews. On February 11 of 2015, West premiered his Yeezy Season 3 clothing line at Madison Square Garden in conjunction with the previewing of his album The Life of Pablo.
Most of you may know Kanye West for his relationship with the word famous reality star : Kim Kardashian. West began dating longtime friend Kim Kardashian in April 2012. They became engaged in October 2013, and married on May 24, 2014 at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. They have two children: one daughter named North West and a son named Saint West (and not South, lol). In April 2015, West and Kardashian traveled to Jerusalem to have North baptized in the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Cathedral of St. James, because of the Armenian’s origins of KKW. The couple’s high status and respective careers have resulted in their relationship becoming subject to heavy media coverage; The New York Times referred to their marriage as « a historic blizzard of celebrity. »
Which celebrity inspires you the most? Do you like Kanye West?
Comme vous le savez, je vous dis depuis un petit moment que j’aimerais écrire en anglais sur le blog, d’une part pour m’entrainer et puis pour que les lecteurs étrangers puissent lire mes articles.
Mon premier article sur Kanye West est également publié sur le blog « A Year Of Review » élaboré par les TL (spé anglais) de mon lycée, où vous retrouverez également d’autres articles concernant la mode, la politique, les séries, concerts etc…Je vous invite fortement à y faire un tour si vous aimez être au courant de l’actualité et lire en anglais !
Sur ce, j’essayerais de faire le plus d’articles possibles si l’idée vous plait.
Nous sommes milieu septembre et à Paris, cette période est rythmée par les changements climatiques imprévus (pour notre plus grand bonheur bien sur). Il peut tout autant faire 15 degrés le matin et 30 l’après midi. Vous commencez déjà à cerner le problème.
J’avais besoin d’inspiration pour trouver des styles, du coup, j’ai fait mes petites recherches sur mon Pinterest pour vous trouver des tenues, d’une part portables au lycée mais également adaptées à cette saison (plutôt compliquée).
Et vous, quelle est votre tenue préférée?
En ces jours de rentrée, réapprendre à s’organiser est légèrement un must si on veut pouvoir se remettre au boulot rapidement et efficacement.
En ce qui me concerne, j’ai du mal à me concentrer sur un bureau en désordre, parce que ça me donne tout sauf envie de travailler.
Du coup, en cette année de bac (eh oui), je prend un nouveau départ et je commence mes nouvelles résolutions : ranger mon bureau et ainsi me créer un réel espace travail pour pouvoir être productive (toute l’année).
Aujourd’hui je vous partage des idées d’aménagement mais aussi de déco pour un petit coin bureau.
Et vous, comment s’est passée votre rentrée? En quelle classe êtes-vous? Comment restez-vous organisé au cours de l’année?
Si l’article vous a plu, n’hésitez pas à commenter et à donner votre avis sur les images que j’ai sélectionné. Evidemment celles-ci reflètent mes gouts personnels mais j’espère que vous y trouverez de l’inspiration!
Si vous souhaitez plus d’articles type « rentrée » je vous invite à aimer cet article et sur ce, je vous souhaite à tous et à toutes une excellente rentrée!
Ceux qui me suivent sur instagram (@shanel.falco) ont pu voir que j’avais fait un petit tour des Etats Unis milieu août. J’avais envie de profiter pleinement de mon été après le bac de français et je me suis un peu démotivée à poursuivre le blog. Or, ma décision est bien prise, et je reviens de plus belle.