Rudolf Nureyev - The Life

Jamie Glover reads from Julie Kavanagh's biography of the great dancer, Rudolf Nureyev.

Abridged by Miranda Davies.

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01My Vagabond Soul20070917

Jamie Glover reads from Julie Kavanagh's biography of the great dancer, Rudolf Nureyev.

Abridged by Miranda Davies.Born on a train in Siberia in 1938, Nureyev grew up in desperate poverty.

01My Vagabond Soul20070917

Jamie Glover reads from Julie Kavanagh's biography of the great dancer, Rudolf Nureyev.

Abridged by Miranda Davies.Born on a train in Siberia in 1938, Nureyev grew up in desperate poverty.

02Six Steps Exactly20070918

In 1961, Nureyev is performing with the Kirov on tour in Paris.

Calmly, he walks up to two policemen and freedom in the West.

02Six Steps Exactly20070918

In 1961, Nureyev is performing with the Kirov on tour in Paris.

Calmly, he walks up to two policemen and freedom in the West.

03We Became One Body, One Soul20070919

Royal Ballet director Ninette De Valois pairs Nureyev with Margot Fonteyn.

The duo will change the face of ballet.

03We Became One Body, One Soul20070919

Royal Ballet director Ninette De Valois pairs Nureyev with Margot Fonteyn.

The duo will change the face of ballet.

04The Purest And The Dirtiest20070920

Now in his early forties, Nureyev creates a dark and complicated ballet based on a poem by Byron.

Offstage, his wild behaviour is attracting headlines.

04The Purest And The Dirtiest20070920

Now in his early forties, Nureyev creates a dark and complicated ballet based on a poem by Byron.

Offstage, his wild behaviour is attracting headlines.

05 LASTPreparation For My Solitude20070921

Nureyev is granted permission by Mikhail Gorbachev to visit his dying mother.

Despite his own failing health, he continues to perform, choreograph and act as mentor to young dancers.

05 LASTPreparation For My Solitude20070921

Nureyev is granted permission by Mikhail Gorbachev to visit his dying mother.

Despite his own failing health, he continues to perform, choreograph and act as mentor to young dancers.