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Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a Soviet-born dancer of ballet and modern dance, one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a Soviet-born dancer of ballet and modern dance, one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. Nureyev's artistic skills explored expressive areas of the dance, providing a new role to the male ballet dancer who once served only as support to the women. Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. Nureyev's first appearance in Britain was at a ballet matinée organised by The Royal Ballet's Prima Ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn. The event was held in aid of the Royal Academy of Dance, a classical ballet teaching organisation of which she was President. He danced Poeme Tragique, a solo choreographed by Frederick Ashton, and the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake. Dame Ninette de Valois offered him a contract to join The Royal Ballet as Principal Dancer. His first appearance with the company was partnering Margot Fonteyn in Giselle on 21 February 1962. Fonteyn and Nureyev would go on to form a partnership. Nureyev stayed with the Royal Ballet until 1970, when he was promoted to Principal Guest Artist, enabling him to concentrate on his increasing schedule of international guest appearances and tours. He continued to perform regularly with The Royal Ballet until committing his future to the Paris Opera Ballet in the 1980s.

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  1. Choreography by Bournonville
    Legacy

    Choreography by Bournonville

    £ 16.50

    This DVD features two of the legendary Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s most celebrated ballets. In La Sylphide, Flemming Flindt and Lucette Aldous do full justice to the seemingly effortless lightness and grace and vivid storytelling that Bournonville’s style demands, while the dazzling pas de deux from Flower Festival in Genzano showcases Rudolf Nureyev at the height of his powers and a beguiling performance from Merle Park. More details

  2. Nadia Nerina / Robert Helpmann / Margot Fonteyn / Rudolf Nureyev
    Legacy

    Nadia Nerina / Robert Helpmann / Margot Fonteyn / Rudolf Nureyev

    £ 16.50

    This DVD features stunning performances of some of the most popular and enduring works in the ballet repertoire. Nadia Nerina is at her most charming and beguiling in Les Sylphides and Coppélia, while the pas de deux from Giselle showcases the legendary partnership that is Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in rare footage of one of their earliest collaborations.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historical performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.The first track on this DVD is a brief introduction to ICA Classics. More details

 

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