Rudolph Nureyev Dances Debussy

Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a ballet dancer, one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. Nureyev's artistic skills explored expressive areas of the dance, providing a new role to the male ballet dancer who once served only as support to the women. HERE, Nuryeve dances "L'Après-midi d'un Faune" (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.)

Originally a Soviet citizen, Nureyev defected to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. According to KGB archives studied by Peter Watson, Nikita Khrushchev personally signed an order to have Nureyev killed.(Wikipedia)

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