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Rudolph Nureyev Autograph

Rudolf Nureyev 1965 Autograph USA Royal Ballet


Rudolf Nureyev Autograph Royal Ballet 1965

Surviving Royal Ballet Programmes featuring Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn are treasured and rare as fans would tear up them to make confetti to throw at the dancers.

This one is from Royal Ballet which took place at the War Memorial Opera House, San Fransisco, USA from July 1st - 6th 1965. 

Rudolf Nureyev is regularly acclaimed as one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. Strong, assured and super confident Nureyev is credited with breaking new ground for the male dancer, ‘transforming the role from supporting the ballerina to being a star in his own right.’

Nureyev was born on 17th March 1938 with some accounts saying t the momentous event took place aboard the Trans-Siberian express near Lake Baikal.  In 1955 he his journey with dance becomes formalised with a place with the Kirov Ballet School. Three years later he is a soloist dancer joining the legendary and premier Kirov Ballet in Leningrad. He was the toast of the Soviet Union in 1950s.  

In 1961 he defects to the West and is given permission to stay in France on a temporary visa, before some years later gaining Austrian citizenship.  His most famous dance partnership was with Margot Fonteyn with whom he danced with during his years with the Royal Ballet with Nureyev describing them as dancing with ‘one body, one soul.’   “At the end of Swan Lake, when she left the stage in her great white tutu I would have followed her to the end of the world.”  Rudolf Nureyev

Royal Ballet is a paper programme with pink/burgundy colour cover with the back cover and inside pages in black and white.  The pages are age toned with some creasing at the edges. Staples through the centre fold with two staples which are rusting. There are no loose pages and for a programme of 58 years in good condition.

During his guest tour with the Royal Ballet in 1965 aged just 27 was at the height of his career

First Edition published in 1965 by Pisani Printing Company, San Francisco, USA. 

This is a division of the Pisani Printing Company, the Brannan street firm founded in the 1920s by the late Jack Pisani, Italian-born opera buff and long a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus.

Size: 15cm x 23cm

30 Pages + Covers

Good condition:

Specifics: Good colouring with slight rubbing to most edges and corners. Boards and spine have age-related wear, some scuffing and creasing. Pages are age-toned.

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