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 (no͝or′ĭ-yĕf, no͝o-rā′-), Rudolf Hametovich 1938-1993.
Russian-born ballet dancer and choreographer. Noted for his athletic grace, stage presence, and partnership with Margot Fonteyn, he was the most celebrated male dancer of his day.
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(ˈnjʊərɪɛf; njʊˈreɪ-)
(Biography) Rudolf. 1938–93, Austrian ballet dancer, born in the Soviet Union: he lived in England (1961–83) and France (1983–89). He became an Austrian citizen in 1982
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(nʊˈreɪ ɛf, -ɛv)

Rudolf (Hametovich), 1938–93, Russian ballet dancer; Austrian citizen 1982.
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Noun1.Nureyev - Russian dancer who was often the partner of Dame Margot Fonteyn and who defected to the United States in 1961 (born in 1938)
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THE WHITE CROW (12) HHHHH In 1961, Rudolf Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko) travels to Paris with the Kirov Ballet.
The great Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev does not come across as particularly likable in "The White Crow," Ralph Fiennes' elegant biopic of his early years.
Fonteyn was a company-defining figure, dancing Aurora for the re-opening of the Royal Opera House after World War II, creating numerous roles with Sir Frederick Ashton and forging a legendary partnership with Rudolf Nureyev. In the August 1948 issue of Dance Magazine, Arnold Haskell wrote of her, "Although Margot Fonteyn is an exceptionally hard and conscientious worker, she is fundamentally a lazy person.
THE WHITE CROW (12A) HHH HH OSCAR-NOMINATED actor Ralph Fiennes ventures behind the camera for the third time to dramatise the rise of Soviet Union ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and his 1961 defection to the West.
Too much is left unsaid despite a solid, muscular performance from Russian dancer Oleg Ivenko, who makes his feature film debut as Nureyev and speaks in both English HHH HH THE return of a recovering drug addict to the fold throws festive preparations into disarray in Academy Awardnominated writerdirector Peter Hedges' sensitively observed drama.
..THERE'S little to put a spring in your step in this austere biopic of Soviet ballet legend, Rudolf Nureyev, which only soars when he's briefly dancing.
Nureyev's notorious outbursts are tastefully diluted to a few choice scowls and, surprisingly, the film doesn't clearly verbalise why the dancer took the anguished decision to abandon his fiercely protective homeland.
Exploring his early life from childhood to the cusp of global fame, it's set at the height of the Cold War in May 1961, and culminates in Nureyev's life-threatening attempt to defect from communist USSR to the West.
The film c aptured the raw physicality and brilliance of Rudolf Nureyev, the famous Russian ballet dancer, who escaped to the West at the height of the Cold War.