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Regarded as the most influential male ballet dancer of his generation, Rudolf Nureyev changed the ballet landscape with his unparalleled talent and quest for greatness. From humble beginnings in Soviet-era Russia to partying with Hollywood royalty, we look at some memorable Nureyev moments.
19 Mar 2023
Born on March 17, 1938, Nureyev's impact on ballet cannot be understated. The Australian Ballet was fortunate enough to develop an artistic relationship with the man, the myth, the legend that is Rudolf Nureyev that continues to this day.
Rudolf Nureyev arrives in Sydney to Join Erik Bruhn and Sonia Arova. The Australian Ballet artists watch them take class from the fly tower above, or side of stage. The juxtaposition of Nureyev's unpolished fire-like talent against Bruhn's cool demeanour is noticed by the local dancers.
Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, whose legendary partnership is driving audiences into rapturous frenzies akin to Beatlemania, arrive to guest with The Australian Ballet in Swan Lake and Giselle. It’s the first time the pair dance a complete ballet with any company other than The Royal Ballet.
Nureyev directs and performs in The Australian Ballet's production of Raymonda.
Nureyev stages Don Quixote based on Marius Petipa's choreography for The Australian Ballet. This production will tour again in 1972 and become the inspiration for the film of the same name.
Nureyev joins forces with Sir Robert Helpmann to bring Don Quixote to the screen, filming over four weeks in sweltering heat in an Essendon airport hangar.
The Australian Ballet performs Nureyev's (after Petipa) Le Corsaire pas de deux
1998 to 2013
The Australian Ballet performs Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote in 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2013.
The Australian Ballet celebrates their 60th anniversary season, opening with Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote.