In the year that marks the 20th anniversary since the death of Rudolf Nureyev, this gala is a tribute to the great dancer and artist who changed the way we think about ballet. The tribute has been organized with the help of dance critic Valeria Crippa who also worked as an assistant to Nureyev and is the author of a book dedicated to him. The programme presents a selection of excerpts from the ballets that were most meaningful to the artist, either artistically, or because they represent a turning point in his career or in his vision of dance. It also includes some choreographies especially created for Nureyev like the Chant du compagnon errant by Béjart, Don Juan by Neumeier, Lucifer by Martha Graham. A stellar cast of dancers from companies such as the Bolshoi, the Marinsky, the Stuttgarter Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the New York City Ballet and others are on stage. Before the performance on 27 July the public can participate in an encounter with dancers Luciana Savignano and Elisabetta Terabust mediated by Valeria Crippa. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale P. de Coubertin 30, tel. 892982, www.auditorium.com.