Mikhail Baryshnikov RudolfNureyev 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
Tights Only “(Performing Ballet) You are naked all the time in front of the audience” – Rudolf Nureyev
-Russia did all they could to get him back to Russia 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..."
“I want to die on the stage.” -Rudolf Nureyev -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
Then Muppets Swine Lake Featuring: Rudolf Nureyev
Born to dance Born January 27th, 1948 in Latvia -Nickname: Misha 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
Practice Makes Perfect -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
American Soil -Joined the American Ballet Theatre -The Prince in the ABT’s Nutcracker in 1977 -Danced under George Balanchine at the NYC Ballet
White Oak Dance Project -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
And the Academy Award goes to...... • The Turning Point (1977) • The movie sparked interest in ballet • This is a scene from “White Nights” • Nominated for 1 Oscar, 1 Golden Globe • Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmy’s and won 3 • Won the David di Donatello Award in 78’ for the movie “The Turning Point” • In 1987 he won the Man of the Year in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
The Nutcracker Nureyev vs. Baryshnicov