Rudolph Nureyev

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Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf Nureyev in 1973 by Allan Warren
Born Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev
17 March 1938(1938-03-17)
near Irkutsk, Siberia, USSR
Died 6 January 1993(1993-01-06) (aged 54)
Levallois-Perret, France
Cause of death AIDS
Nationality Russia
Ethnicity Bashkir-Tatar
Citizenship U.K.
Alma mater Kirov Ballet School
Occupation Ballet dancer, choreographer
Years active 1958–1992
Partner Erik Bruhn
(1961–1986, his death)
Website
www.nureyev.org

Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer. He was one of the most celebrated dancers of the 20th century. In 1961 he defected to the West, despite KGB efforts to prevent him.[1] For many years he partnered Dame Margot Fonteyn. He was gay. He and his partner, Erik Bruhn, died of AIDS.[2]

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