Rudolf Nureyev Quotes

Who is Rudolf Nureyev?

Rudolf Khametovich Nureyev was a Soviet-born Russian ballet dancer and choreographer.

Born March 17, 1938
Died January 06, 1993

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Best 16 Quotes by Rudolf Nureyev

“A 'pas de deux' is a dialogue of love. How can there be conversation if one partner is dumb?”

“As long as my ballets are danced, I will live.”

“For me, purity of movement wasn't enough. I needed expression, more intensity, more mind.”

“I am still on stage. If you read the press you would believe that I should be gone. But here I am doing it and doing it well!”

“I approach dancing from a different angle than those who begin dancing at 8 or 9. Those who have studied from the beginning never question anything.”

“I really have to dance more often, and so I travel around. If I don't, I will crumble.”

“I’m really alive when I’m on stage.”

“Of course I have a personal life.”

“Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.”

“The main thing is dancing, and before it withers away from my body, I will keep dancing till the last moment, the last drop.”

“The only critic is a full house.”

“There was simply from this quite early age the awareness that the only thing I wanted was to dance.”

“We danced with one body, one soul... For me, Margot is my family. She is all I have, only her.”

“What is art? It is not just nature, it is nurtured nature. It is intelligence applied to what physical ability you have.”

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“When I miss class for one day, I know it. When I miss class for two days, my teacher knows it. When I miss class for three days, the audience knows it.”

“You live as long as you dance.”

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