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Rudolf Nureyev (1938–1993)

He was an ethnic Tatar. He was educated at the Leningrad Ballet School and starred with Kirov Ballet. His first film was a USSR short Le Corsaire (1958). While performing in Paris in 1961 he defected to the West. He then performed internationally, becoming an Austrian citizen in 1982. The English/French documentary I Am a Dancer (1972), directed by... See full bio »


(age 54) in Paris, France

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Valentino Rudolph Valentino
Don Quixote
Don Quixote Miscellaneous Crew
Romeo and Juliet
Nijinsky: Unfinished Project


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 2014 Schwanensee (TV Movie) (choreographer - as Rudolf Nurejew)
 2008 Casse Noisette (The Nutcracker) (choreographer)
 2003 Don Quichotte (Video) (choreographer - as Rudolf Noureev)
 2001 Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (Documentary) (choreographer: ballet "Le Lac des Cygnes" - as Rudolf Noureev)
 2000 La belle au bois dormant (TV Movie) (choreographer - as Rudolf Noureev) / (director: Paris Opera production - as Rudolf Noureev)
 1994 La Bayadère (TV Movie) (choreographer: original)
 1988 The Nutcracker (Video) (choreographer)
 1982 Romeo e Giulietta (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1982 Swan Lake (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1973 Don Quixote (choreographer)
 1970 The Invincible Six (choreographer)
 1968 The Nutcracker (TV Movie) (choreographer)
 1968 Release (TV Series documentary) (choreographer - 1 episode)
- Nureyev's 'Nutcracker'/Dream Come True (1968) ... (choreographer: ballet)
 1966 Schwanensee (choreographer)
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Other Works:

He performed in the ballet, "Romeo and Juliet," in a Royal Ballet production at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, England with Margot Fonteyn, David Drew, Desmond Doyle, Anthony Dowell, Derek Rencher, Michael Somes, Leslie Edwards, Vyvyan Lorrayne, Jennifer Penney, Monica Mason, and Deanne Bergsma in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 4 Pictorials | See more »

Alternate Names:

Rudolf Noureev | Rudolf Nurejew


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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"Until Rudi came along, all a man had to do to get into the Royal Ballet was, more or less, turn up and show willing. Nureyev completely changed the pace. He engaged with female dancers, manhandled them. It was exciting, virile." --A fellow danseur at the Royal Ballet of London See more »


Sir Kenneth MacMillan of the Royal Ballet of London choreographed" Romeo & Juliet" specifically for the two of them. See more »


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