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Song and dance men

Singers and dancers Ken Russell has worked with.  As well as singing and dancing, most also act in his films.

 

Roger Daltry Roger Daltry

Singer of The Who, he developed a minor actor career based on his performance in Tommy. His Lisztomania was disappointing (as was Russell´s direction). Daltry would also have starred in the first attempt to film The Fall of the Louse of Usher.

 

Georges Delerue Georges Delerue

A French film composer who wrote the music for French Dressing and for Women in Love. Russell also directed a television documentary about Delerue.

 

Peter Maxwell Davies Peter Maxwell Davies

One of Britain's foremost classical composers. He provided the music for the Devils and The Boy Friend. One of his best pieces is "Eight Songs for a Mad King" which has the credit "produced by Ken Russell".

 

Rudolf Nureyev Rudolf Nureyev

Dancer and choreographer. A member of the Russian ballet he literally jumped to freedom leaving his KGB minders behind and seeking political asylum in America. Russell wanted Nureyev to appear in the film Nijinsky but this fell through. He stars in Valentino. His other films are very poor. He died of AIDS.

 

Lindsay Kemp Lindsay Kemp

Dancer and choreographer Kemp is a direct relative of Will Kemp, one of Shakespeare´s actors. Falstaff was one of the parts Shakespeare wrote for Will. Lindsay Kemp choreographed many ballets including "A Midsummer Night´s Dream". He appears in acting roles in Savage Messiah and Valentino as well as Jarman´s Sebastiane and Jubilee. He has also worked with Bowie and Kate Bush and was in Wicker Man.

 

Rick Wakeman Rick Wakeman

Rock artist, keyboard player for Yes and composer of the music for Lisztomania and Crimes of Passion. He has a minor role in both, as Thor and as the photographer respectively.

 

 

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