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Rudolf Nureyev's dance career spanned 3 decades,
from 1958/59 with the Kirov in Leningrad to 1992 when he staged his
final production of La Bayadere at the Paris Opera. He danced
with great energy and spirit, constantly on the move performing
with dance companies all over the world, some of which are listed
below, and in one instance getting arrested in Toronto for dancing
in the street. His incredible vitality and insatiable
curiosity enabled him to perform diverse roles from Princes to
puppets, 19th century heroics to modern comedy.
San Francisco Ballet
Royal Opera Ballet
American Ballet Theater
Martha Graham Dance Company
National Ballet of Canada
Paul Taylor Dance Company
National Ballet of China
New York City Ballet
Stuttgart State Ballet
Murray Louis Dance Company
Rome Opera Ballet
Ballet de Monte Carlo
Chicago Lyric Opera
Berlin Opera Ballet
Ballet de Nancy
Ballet National de Marseille
Northern Ballet Company
Paris Opera Ballet
When Rudolf Nureyev landed dramatically in the West
in 1961, abandoning the Kirov Ballet on the tarmac of Le Bourget
airport, he was hailed as the most sensational male dancer since
Nijinsky, changing the male dancer's role from one of support to
one of dominance. He performed leading male roles with virile
virtuosity, romantic grace and stylish high spirits. He
re-choreographed ballets such as
Le Corsaire and
Don Quixote making them more exciting and strikingly
personal versions of the classics leaving him free to display
his sharp, clean footwork and his tremendous leaps and turns in the
His debt to his Kirov training was evident in his
expressiveness, scrupulous attention to detail and a pure melodic
line. Always striving for perfection, he continued his dance
education throughout his life. He often appeared on TV and in
movies. Never afraid to learn something new, for "Exposed", a
film made in Paris with Nastassia Kinski, he learned to play the
violin like a maestro in a week and to fire a revolver. He
also co-directed a film of his Don Quixote and in 1992 learned to
conduct an orchestra.
The Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation hopes Rudolf Nureyev's
spirit and energy will be a continuing influence on the art
of dance. He set the standard for us to follow.
In Nureyev had affairs with the legendary
lead singer of "Qween" Freddie Mercury, with Elton John, and
according to rumors, even with an unforgettable Jean Marais. But
his biggest love was a dancer Erik Bruhn, the star of the dance,
the huge growth in Dane, danced in "Giselle." Their romance lasted
until 1986, when Bruno had died of AIDS.
Rudic was shocked by the fact that publicly kissing
passionately. Seeing the confusion surrounding it went into
raptures. And he said that it was an old Russian custom.
- I lived on Sadovaya street, such as
returning home by Alexander Garden. I look: two beautiful guy. One
form, Suvorov, the other in jeans (still none of jeans was not) -
Nureyev. And they are amazing kiss. I stopped. Nureyev turned and
asked: "Like it?" I replied: "Awesome!" And then we have already
met in London. He knew me. We talked. And he gave me his book with
the inscription: "the regime's victims from the victim
Rudolf Nureyev: The descendant of Genghis
As befits the descendant of the nomads, Rudolf
Nureyev was born in transit, and since then have not learned to
stay in one place. Tartar-born Parisian residence, the Austrian on
the passport, driving around, he collected an apartment, books,
pictures. All that in the first half of November will be started up
under the hammer at auction Christie's.
If Rudolf Nureyev stayed in
Leningrad, he would now go on foot from the Vaganova School to his
apartment on Nevsky Prospekt, sat in the Arts Council of the Kirov
Theater and sought Western sponsors to repair damp rehearsal rooms.
Instead, he has thirty
years of hanging around the world, has never rested more than a
week and slept in a day not more than six hours.
His favorite apartment
was on the Quai Voltaire in Paris, his will was opened in Monaco,
his bank accounts - in Zurich, his public activities proceeded in
In all this was exactly
the same ordering as in stock, Christmas decorations, two days
before the New Year.
disputes over inheritance Nureyev's more like a Christmas bazaar,
rather than decently legal procedure.
Fund to Fight AIDS, who
will get the most, are unable to agree among themselves.
Christie's auction is
already sold out of artistic values ??and real estate for nine
And in a hurry to sell
Like a bolt from the
blue showed up Ufa and relatives, get lawyers, demand will cancel
the sale to stop, the conditions reviewed.
Nureyev's older sister -
Rose seeks agreement under which it will be possible some of the
things Nureyev withdraw from the auction and leave at the disposal
of the family.
To create in Ufa and St.
Petersburg museum and a school named after Nureyev.
Lawyers for the other
side of limiting the cost of things that can dispose of relatives,
fifty thousand dollars.
Sum, even for a dwarf
But the museum itself
Nuriyev like to have all the same in Paris and not in Ufa.
Go to the fate of those
places that he left thirty-five years ago, he, in fact, was quite
Of all ballet pas
biggest success Nuriyev brought one - a pirouette in the air.
Filled with elegant, at the right time and right place.
Although the Paris
airport, and probably difficult to find a suitable place for
But when in 1961 in Le
Bourget, two moderate Soviet official, politely and without looking
at his interlocutor in the eye, Nureyev was asked a couple of days
stop touring with the Kirov and the fly instead of London to Moscow
- twenty-three dancer for a long time do not hesitate to have
committed the most critical parameters.
Who so brilliantly
brought up in his students the Soviet ballet school.
Takeoffs on one side of
the barrier fence, it landed on the other. And gave themselves the
care of police of the French Republic.
This was followed by a
pause in the forty-five minutes, as described by French law.
Fugitives from the
socialist paradise was guaranteed the opportunity to spend
three-quarters of an hour in complete silence and solitude. In
order to consider the consequences.
Nureyev spent on something to ponder, is there enough money to him
for dinner. And who can call in a completely strange city.
But the airport has
already raced cars with photographers and journalists.
Over the ensuing few
weeks the Soviet Embassy in Paris shook the lightning.
A European public read
heartfelt stories about the young genius of the city with a wild
name Ufa. Who was born in an express train on the way from Siberia
And my first ballet
class began attending in seventeen years - ten years later laid
civilization worshiped Nuriyev with delirium, befitting except that
the pagan sun-worshipers.
Journalists called it -
Marlene Dietrich was
knocking at his dressing room asking for autographs.
Jacob Rothschild of
crazy whim Nureyev at midnight to ring round his influential
friends, and demanded that for Rudolph this minute opened the
London National Gallery (he, of course, is not denied).
elderly, once a brilliant star of Diaghilev's seasons, with the
corps de ballet stood idle in the wings - a velvet beret with
beaded handbag - not to miss his exit.
Stavros Niarhos waited patiently, when Rudolph will give a free
week. To arrange in his honor by a sea voyage on one of their
Arriving on a tour in
the United States once in 1986, Nureyev was immediately surrounded
by mounted police. Only under these conditions, the U.S. government
has agreed to take responsibility for his safety.
The square in front
Metropolitain Opera was like a refugee camp. With reserves of
eating, drinking and sleeping bags people were sleeping for four
days before the building, waiting for the opening of the box
One enterprising citizen
of the United States came to mind selling photos to the
Metropolitain Opera Nureyev, walking among the picturesque bivouac.
By the end of the tour citizen of estimated revenue and found that
it is more than sufficient for a year living in Europe.
In the late seventies
Nureyev schedule included two hundred and fifty performances a year
- a record not surpassed yet by any dancer in the history of
Great Rudolf Nureyev
called the same evening, when he first appeared on the Parisian
Over the next thirty-two years, this definition has not been
questioned - and no one even once.
Back from the USSR
Madness fanatics, the
vast fees, Mounted Police, year-round tour - all this, we observe
more and more like the life of a rock star. In a sense, Rudolf
Nureyev was a rock star was.
In the Euro-American
Youth landscape sixtieth it fit without apparent effort. Despite
the questionable English skills and no - the French.
Dancing on the one-two
hundred performances a year, he managed to lead a life completely
unnatural for a classical dancer. The scheme of
"diet-training-rest" as it existed was not for him.
Nureyev hit spectators
with unshorn hair before, as it ventured to go Beatles.
He was shocked and moved
by the its audience, being in the light of brocade and fur coats,
iridescent colors, which seem impossible to be extracted from the
In the same style of
Genghis Khan's tent was decorated and his residence, where all the
advantages of Western wealth multiplied by the highest degree east
view of comfort.
Silent servants served
tea on the tables of green marble, the rooms are hung with carpets,
passed in the hall, crowded with paintings and books.
Nureyev himself grew
roots in the space of a tracksuit and holey socks.
Being on the high
society cocktail party, he could throw in a rage at the priceless
porcelain plate flooring, solely on the fact that suddenly
understood: it is assumed to impose his own salad and caviar.
"I - Nureyev, I do not
He changed his beloved
(both sexes), no time to properly look at their faces.
Sucked up all available
energy from the saloons, brothels, streets, restaurants, fashion
shows, hustle, make love and business, Nureyev changed the flashy
outfits to classic tights and go dancing.
There, where from decade
to decade reigned unchanging routine and equal reading for
everyone. One-two-three-four. Giselle, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Don
Quixote. " One-two-three-four. Overture, adagio pas de deux, a
multiplied by the drive of a rock star, Nureyev made a god. Or so,
at least - a demigod.
Unique among all the
dancers, painters, singers, musicians of the postwar art world. A
world in which the classical art of dying from lack of air, as the
vanguard of suffocating from an overabundance of money and alcohol.
The ballet was not just
a profession, career, earnings, and the only genuine passion
Dancing, he earned
millions. That it is extremely disliked.
Luxuries he enjoyed,
after thirty years of his life in the West with the same intensity
as in the twenty-three years - after the half-starved provincial
But, happen to him left
without a lucrative contract, he went to dance with the troupe
first got free in the corps de ballet, without an audience, on a
dark stage - anywhere.
He did not succeed,
little by little to prepare his way to a retreat and wait for the
painful age features, gradually move from dancing to the business.
As elegantly and subtly it has already made Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Unbridled genius, too,
Nureyev was not. Although it is sometimes taken for itself.
Going into a rage, he
was quite able, without hesitation, vlepit interlocutor in the
face. That once experienced the world-famous and very boring
choreographer Roland Petit. He is not alone.
orchestra, Nureyev could leave the stage during the performance.
Giving the astonished dancer to improvise the final pas de deux
Nevertheless, given the
post of director of the Paris Grand Opera, he tenaciously nestled
in this chair for years to come.
True, much of his
prudence and organizational talents, he continued with the naive
ruse used to dance myself.
Dancers Opera - a
monumental institution modeled after the Bolshoi Theatre - left to
languish for weeks in anticipation of the right to go on stage.
After receiving the
appointment, Nureyev danced to start all the premieres are
extremely angered troupe. He promised to stop dancing when he was
In forty-eight he was
And in the fifties.
Colleagues have dreamed
that the "Great and Terrible Rudi" finally retired and became a
respectable, though short-tempered, the patriarch.
Probably he was
irritated and himself.
"If you want to see how
the dancing old bastard, come tonight to my show" - invited Nureyev
In the apology should
remember the sad fact that Nureyev knew their diagnosis.
And it is clearly
understood that handsome old age in his life will not be.
Taking care to leave all
his fortune - about twenty million dollars - two funds to fight
AIDS, Nureyev knew he had their very success will not help.
And just kept on
dancing. School and shape even allowed him to mislead the profane.
Specialists, he vaguely
said: "Fly in the air - no problem.'s Land is much more
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