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Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev

Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias (1919-1991) British ballerina with Rudolph Nureyev (1938-1993) Russian ballet dancer in 1962 with Sir Frederick Ashton (1904-1988) British choreographer

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1938 1962 1988 1991 1993 Arias Ashton Ballerina Ballet Choreographer Dame Dancer Fonteyn Frederick Margot Rudolph 1919 Nureyev


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This photograph captures a moment in ballet history, as legendary British ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991) and Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev (1938-1993) gracefully pose together during a rehearsal for Sir Frederick Ashton's (1904-1988) production of "La Bayadère" in 1962. The image, taken during the height of their respective careers, showcases the dynamic duo's unparalleled artistry and magnetic stage presence. Born in Reigate, Surrey, Dame Margot Fonteyn rose to prominence as a principal dancer with the Sadler's Wells Ballet Company (now the Royal Ballet), becoming the company's first British-born principal ballerina. Her elegant technique and expressive performances earned her international acclaim, and she was the first British ballerina to be made a Dame Commander of the British Empire. Rudolph Nureyev, a native of Ufa, Russia, made his professional debut with the Kirov Ballet in 1958. His extraordinary talent and charisma soon caught the attention of the Western world, leading to a groundbreaking defection to the West in 1961. Nureyev's innovative style and fearless approach to dance revolutionized the ballet world, making him an iconic figure in the art form. Sir Frederick Ashton, a British choreographer and former dancer, was a central figure in the development of British ballet. His collaborations with Fonteyn and Nureyev resulted in some of the most memorable performances in ballet history. In this photograph, the three artists come together in a testament to the power of art and the transcendent beauty of ballet.

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