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Nureyev: an autobiography.

Author: Rudolf Nureyev; Richard Avedon; Michael Peto; Anthony Crickmay; Alexander Bland
Publisher: New York, Dutton, 1963 [©1962]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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"Nureyev rose to international fame with the Kirov Ballet Company and gained additional recognition when he defected in 1961. His autobiography is a thrilling account of how he realized his ambition, made his way in the world, and rose to be the outstanding male dancer of his generation. This book has become an increasingly scarce item that intersects art and politics, ballet and the Cold War. Rudolf Nureyev was one  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993.
Nureyev: an autobiography.
New york, Dutton, 1963[©1962]
(OCoLC)646988652
Named Person: Rudolf Nureyev; Rudolf Nureyev; Rudolf Nureyev
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rudolf Nureyev; Richard Avedon; Michael Peto; Anthony Crickmay; Alexander Bland
OCLC Number: 413671
Description: 160 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / by Alexander Bland --
The bid for freedom --
Childhood impressions --
The dawning of an obsession --
Provencial débuts --
In sight of the temple --
The craving for personal expression --
Success and the professional dilemma --
The pressure mounts --
The Parisian situation --
Coming to terms with the West --
New horizons --
Visit to America and London reflections --
Conclusion --
Nureyev the dancer / by Alexander Bland.
Responsibility: With pictures by Richard Avedon, Michael Peto, Anthony Crickmay, and others. Introduced by Alexander Bland.

Abstract:

"Nureyev rose to international fame with the Kirov Ballet Company and gained additional recognition when he defected in 1961. His autobiography is a thrilling account of how he realized his ambition, made his way in the world, and rose to be the outstanding male dancer of his generation. This book has become an increasingly scarce item that intersects art and politics, ballet and the Cold War. Rudolf Nureyev was one of the great dancers of the 20th century. He was noted for his dramatic stage presence, passion and sensuality. His talent helped to renew audiences'interest in male dancers and inspired boys to study ballet. In 1958, Nureyev joined the Kirov Ballet. During the company's first tour to Paris in 1961, he became the first Soviet dancer to defect during a confrontation between KGB agents and the French police at Le Bourget Airport. Almost immediately, Nureyev was in demand as a guest artist. In 1962, he danced with the ballerina Margot Fonteyn, beginning one of the most successful partnerships in the history of ballet. Nureyev worked with many of his generation's leading choreographers, including Frederick Ashton, Maurice B éjart and George Balanchine . He was also one of the first ballet stars to work with modern dance choreographers such as Martha Graham and Paul Taylor"--

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