Nureyev, Rudolf


In-person frameable signature of the great Russian dancer & choreographer


Type: Signature

Description: (1938-1993) Russian-born dancer & choreographer, internationally acclaimed as the greatest male ballet dancer of the 1960s & 70s. His versatility and energy were expressed in countless classical and modern roles on stage and screen.

Despite early discouragement from his parents, he began his dancing career with amateur folk dance groups and the Ufa Opera Ballet. At 17, he entered the Leningrad Ballet School to study with Alexander Pushkin. After 3 years, he joined the Kirov Ballet as a soloist, dancing full-length roles in “Don Quixote”, “Gayane”, “Giselle”, “La Bayadere”, “The Nutcracker”, “Swan Lake”, and “The Sleeping Beauty”.

His offstage reputation was equally sensational, bringing him constant trouble with Kirov management and Russian authorities. In the Kirov’s first-ever appearance in Paris in 1961, his resistance of company regulations sparked a command return to Moscow. On June 17, Nureyev sought political asylum at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. He had his London debut in “The Sleeping Beauty” in Oct. 1961 at the Royal Academy of Dancing where he met ballerina Margot Fonteyn, who became his principal partner for many years. He was a regular guest artist with the Royal Ballet 1962-mid70s, also performing with the Chicago Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and on US and French television. Nureyev continued to perform at a nonstop pace, acquiring 90+ roles and appearances with 30+ major ballet & modern dance companies. British choreographer Frederick Ashton was the first to specifically create a role for Nureyev in “Marguerite and Armand” in March 1963. Nureyev’s own 1st production was the last act of “La Bayadere” for the Royal Ballet in Nov. 1963, and his 1st reconstruction was the 19th century classic “Raymonda” for the Royal Ballet in June 1964.

His fascination with modern dance led to performances with US choreographers Martha Graham, Murray Louis, and Paul Taylor, beginning with Rudi Van Dantzig’s “Monument for a Dead Boy” with the Dutch National Ballet in Dec. 1968. He broke into film in 1972 with his directing debut of his own production of “Don Quixote” in Melbourne, Australia, and the creation of the film “I Am a Dancer”. His film acting debut was in director Ken Russell’s 1976 “Rudolph Valentino”. Guest performances were slightly cut back on his assumption of a 3-year directorship of the Paris Opera Ballet in 1983. His last stage appearance was a curtain call at the Palace Garner after production of his dance “La Bayadere” was performed. He succumbed to AIDS Jan. 6, 1993.

Signed 4 x 5 autograph album page (in-person signature)  with color book portrait for framing.

Condition: Very good, left edge slightly uneven but can be easily trimmed for matting and framing

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