Rudolf Nureyev est un Acteur, Réalisateur, Scénariste et Chorégraphe Russe né le 17 mars 1938 à Irkoutsk (Russie)
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Nom de naissance Rudolf Khametovich NureyevNationalité RussieNaissance 17 mars 1938
à Irkoutsk (Russie
)Mort 6 janvier 1993
(à 54 ans) à Levallois-Perret (France
Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres
Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (Tatar: Рудольф Хәмит улы Нуриев, Russian: Рудо́льф Хаме́тович Нуре́ев) (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a Soviet 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 was bisexual, as he did have several heterosexual relationships as a younger man. Nureyev met Erik Bruhn, the celebrated Danish dancer, after Nureyev defected to the West in 1961. Nureyev was a great admirer of Bruhn, having seen filmed performances of the Dane on tour in the Soviet Union with the American Ballet Theatre, although stylistically the two dancers were very different. Bruhn and Nureyev became a couple and the two remained together off and on, with a very volatile relationship for 25 years, until Bruhn's death in 1986.
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