Mikhail Baryshnikov. Rudolf Nureyev. Vs. By: Denise & Jordan Sinquefield. Rudolf Nureyev. Born: March 17, 1938 Death: January 06, 1993 Father forbid dancing Mother would “pretend” that she never saw him leave for dance classes. “You live as long as you dance” – Rudolf Nureyev.
Born: March 17, 1938
Death: January 06, 1993
Father forbid dancing
Mother would “pretend” that she never saw him leave for dance classes
“(Performing Ballet) You are naked all the time in front of the audience” – Rudolf Nureyev
KGB wanted to break his legs and end his career.
June 16,1961 Rudolf Nureyev defects from Soviet Union at the Airport in France.
"I want to stay and to be free..."
-Tested positive for HIV in 1984
- He was last seen on stage October 8, 1992 at PalaisGarnier
-At age 54, Rudolf died of AIDS
-His mosaic memorial resembles one of the oriental kilim rugs that Nureyev loved so much
Featuring: Rudolf Nureyev
Born January 27th, 1948 in Latvia
Started dancing at age12
Father wasn’t supportive
Jumped head first into ballet after mothers death
At 16 he started winning top rolls and honors
-He was a flawless dancer.
-Large amount of confidence
-Creativity wasn’t allowed in the Soviet Union
-In 1974 while on tour in Toronto he fled the KGB guards after the performance and was granted asylum by the Canadian government
-Joined the American Ballet Theatre
-The Prince in the ABT’s Nutcracker in 1977
-Danced under George Balanchine at the NYC Ballet
-Founded by Baryshnikov and Mark Morris in 1990
-Focused on giving choreographers a place to create new and fresh ideas
-Less mannered, and it gets closer to the hearts of the people watching
- Wasn’t quitting ballet, just wanted continuation of knowledge
Nureyev vs. Baryshnicov