Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev - Rudolf Nureyev. (Russian: Рудо́льф Хаме́тович Нуре́ев) (17 March 1938 – 6 January 1993) was a dancer of ballet and modern dance, 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. Originally a Soviet citizen, Nureyev defected to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him.
Were Margot Fonteyn and Nureyev really lovers? A riveting TV drama brings ballet's most passionate pairing back to life
Nureyev and Fonteyn. "Nureyev struggled to explain the intensity of their bond: ‘The public was enthralled- I think only because we were enthralled with each other,’ he said. ‘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.’" Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1229174/Were-Margot-Fonteyn-Nureyev-really-lovers-A-riveting-TV-drama-brings-ballets-passionate-pairing-life.html#ixzz1pCxPyjvC
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.