The dancer who flew : a memoir of Rudolf Nureyev /
Linda Maybarduk.
Toronto : Tundra Books, c1999.
180 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
0887764150 :
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Toronto : Tundra Books, c1999.
0887764150 :
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Linda Maybarduk was born in New York City and raised in Orlando, Florida. Educated at the National Ballet School in Toronto, she was a first soloist with the company. She first met Rudolf Nureyev when she was a fifteen-year-old dance student. She met him again when Nureyev became associated with the National Ballet of Canada. They danced together and developed a friendship that would last until his death. Linda Maybarduk is now retired from dance and lives in Toronto with her husband and three children. Rudolf Nureyev was the godfather of her daughter.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1999-12-06:
Maybarduck, a former soloist with the National Ballet of Canada, crafts a compelling memoir of her friend and colleague, the fiery, brilliant dancer Rudolf Nureyev. While acknowledging that the superstar's life was "not without controversy," Maybarduck refrains from the "tell-all" approach, choosing rather to examine Nureyev's "impact as an artist, as a dancer, and as an influential creative genius." And this she does, with a fluency and skill remarkable for a first-time author. She weaves together biographical facts, personal reminiscences, peeks backstage and a history of ballet in the 20th century to create a portrait not only of a man "born in motion" but of an art form radically transformed by his passion and commitment. Entering the dance at a time when men were frequently mere support to ballerinas, Nureyev worked to restore male dancers to leading roles in classical ballet. His much-publicized defection from the Soviet Union in 1961 prompted an outpouring of support from the Western European ballet community, and his acclaimed performances with Margot Fonteyn--as well as his personal style and presentation--were in part responsible for the ballet boom of the 1960s and '70s. Nureyev's unusual roots in folk dance and his willingness to experiment with new forms led to a bridging of the gap between ballet and American modern dance. Set amid a handsome design, more than 70 black-and-white photographs attest to the dancer's charismatic presence as well as his genius. An insightful and highly readable biography, of interest not only to balletomanes but to all young artists. All ages. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Main Description
A very personal glimpse of a unique artist through the eyes of a fellow dancer and friend.
Main Description
Few ballet dancers have held the world's attention like Rudolf Nureyev. Naturally talented and technically brilliant, Nureyev had a charisma that knocked the dancing world on its heels. This stunning book is a very personal glimpse of a unique artist through the eyes of a fellow dancer and friend. Linda Maybarduk was a first soloist with the National Ballet of Canada, one of Nureyev's favorite companies. She tells the story of her colleague, her mentor, and her dear friend from his late start as a ballet dancer, through his escape to the West and meteoric rise to fame, to the sad ending of his career, when his body, but never his spirit, was defeated by age and illness. Complete with a glossary of ballet terms, a useful reading list, and index, this is a book for both those who dance, and those who wish they did.
Authored Title
The author, a friend & colleague of Nureyev, not only gives a straightforward biography of the dancer but also tells many backstage stories & introduces his most important roles.
Table of Contents
Backgroundp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Born in Motionp. 17
The Road to Rossi Streetp. 27
The Leningrad Ballet Schoolp. 41
The Kirov Balletp. 55
Freedomp. 73
Rudimaniap. 87
A Performance Dayp. 97
The Tatar Nomadp. 115
The Gatecrasherp. 131
Dancing Homep. 143
Finalep. 155
Glossary of Ballet Termsp. 172
Ballet Masters' Legacyp. 175
Acknowledgmentsp. 176
Photo Creditsp. 180
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