Rudolf Nureyev

Dancer + Actor
Born Mar 17, 1938

Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev was a 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. Originally a Soviet citizen, Nureyev defected to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.… Read More

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1938 Birth Born on March 17, 1938.


1955 17 Years Old Owing to the disruption of Soviet cultural life caused by World War II, Nureyev was unable to enroll in a major ballet school until 1955, aged 17, when he was accepted by the Leningrad Choreographic School, the associate school of the Kirov Ballet. … Read More


1961 23 Years Old 1 More Event
However, in 1961, the Kirov's leading male dancer, Konstantin Sergeyev, was injured, and Nureyev was chosen to replace him on the Kirov's European tour. … Read More
1962 24 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More


1970 32 Years Old 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. … Read More
1972 34 Years Old In 1972, Sir Robert Helpmann invited him to tour Australia with his own production of Don Quixote, his directorial debut. … Read More
1975 37 Years Old He celebrated another long-time partnership with Eva Evdokimova. They first appeared together in La Sylphide (1971) and in 1975 he selected her as his Sleeping Beauty in his staging for London Festival Ballet. … Read More
1977 39 Years Old In 1977 he played Rudolph Valentino in Ken Russell's Valentino, but he decided against an acting career in order to branch into modern dance with the Dutch National Ballet in 1968.


1981 43 Years Old In 1981, Thames Television filmed a documentary with Nureyev, including a candid interview, as well as access to him in the studio, rehearsing.
1982 44 Years Old In 1982, he became a naturalized Austrian.
1983 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983 he had a non-dancing role in the movie Exposed with Nastassja Kinski.
1984 46 Years Old …  The dancer tested positive for HIV in 1984, but for several years he simply denied that anything was wrong with his health.
1986 48 Years Old …  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.


1991 53 Years Old Nureyev began a marked decline only in the summer of 1991 and entered the final phase of the disease in the spring of 1992.
In March 1992, living with advanced AIDS, he visited Kazan and appeared as a conductor in front of the audience at Musa Cälil Tatar Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, which now presents the Rudolf Nureyev Festival in Tatarstan. … Read More
1993 55 Years Old Died on January 6, 1993.
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