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Subject: ARCHIVE: January 6, 1993 ~Rudolf Nureyev, globally famous Soviet ballet dancer and choreographer, regarded as one of ballet's most gifted male dancers, dies at 54, as a result of AIDS. ...

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Date Posted: Saturday, January 06, 04:20:26pm

Soviet ballet dancer and choreographer, director of the Paris Opera Ballet
from 1983 to 1989 and its chief choreographer until October 1992. ...

Rudolf Nureyev
[ Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev ]
(17 March 1938 ĘC 6 January 1993)

Named Lord of the Dance, Nureyev is regarded as one of ballet's most gifted male dancers.

In addition to his technical prowess, Rudolf Nureyev was an accomplished choreographer.
Nureyev produced his own interpretations of numerous classical works, including Swan Lake, Giselle, and La Bayad're.
He had his early career with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg. He defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961,
despite KGB efforts to stop him. This was the first defection of a Soviet artist during the Cold War and it created an international
sensation. He went on to dance with The Royal Ballet in London and from 1983 to 1989 served as director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Nureyev was known by character to be impulsive, moody, unreliable, and rude. He mixed with the likes of Jackie Kennedy and Andy Warhol, and had very little time for non-celebrities. In 1983 he became the director of the Paris Opera Ballet. He contracted HIV in the early 80's, but denied any illness. By 1990 it became undeniable he was seriously ill. His last performance, at the Palais Garnier in 1992, earned him France's highest cultural award, the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Artes et Lettres. He died as a result of AIDS a few months later at the age of 54.

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Still, one of the most ORNATE gravestones I've ever seen. ...PHOTOSaturday, January 06, 04:25:05pm

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