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Best Photography of Dance - That's got to be Nureyev. http://picturescollections.com/dance-photography/

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23 year old Nureyev in Paris shortly after he defected to the West in 1961. Soviet citizen Nureyev asked for political asylum at a Paris airport when he was about to be taken back to the Soviet Union after he refused to stop associating with Westerners while on tour with the Kirov. KGB archives show that Nikita Khrushchev personally signed an order to have Nureyev killed.

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1951 book 'Ballet' by Serge Lido http://sweetflorencealice.blogspot.com/2010/11/too-cool-for-ballet-school.html

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Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in Kenneth MacMillan's 'Romeo and Juliet' for the Royal Ballet - one of the most famous ballet adaptations. The first performance in 1965 was applauded by the audience for 40 minutes in spite of the fact that Nureyev was recovering from an injury and danced with a bandaged leg.

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Nureyev Baryshnikov: "Baryshnikov didn't get to be Baryshnikov by wasting time trying to be Nureyev."

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Rudolf Nureyev in his Paris Apartment, wearing a silk ikat. Emilio Carcano helped Nureyev decorate the apartment, which was photographed by Derry Moore for Architectural Digest in 1985

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Margot Fonteyn & Rudolf Nureyev rehearse Marguerite & Armand 1963. When she dies, Armand does not yet realize that she has gone, and only knows when her hand falls from his. Many commented that it was "like a private moment that they didn't want to intrude on.

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