Nureyev, Rudolf (1933 – 98)
Soviet – born dancer of ballet and modern dance.
DS – Signed programme for an appearance in Binghamton, New York. Professionally matted in metallic silver board along with an “action” pose of the great dancer. Overall dimensions 13″x21.”
In 1961, Nureyev and the Kirov company toured in Paris. That year, he also made his London debut at ballerina Margot Fonteyn’s yearly gala for the Royal Academy of Dancing. As a result, Nureyev was invited to dance with Fonteyn during the following year’s gala. Their chemistry as a dance team would captivate audiences and garner large fees for years to come, although the partnership was never exclusive. Nureyev’s gallery performance was also the start of his long – lasting relationship with the Royal Ballet, his home base up until the mid – 1970s. According to the KGB archives studied by author Peter Watson, Nikita Khrushchev personally signed an order to have Nureyev killed because of his defection.