17 March 1938
Rudolf Nuriev was born
He was born on a train traveling through Irkutsk to Vladivostok. Such a beginning of life, as it were, predicted the importance of a long way in Nuriyev’s destiny. He began to dance in a children's folklore ensemble in Ufa, then graduated from Leningrad Choreography School and for three years was dancing for Kirov Opera and Ballet Theatre. Then he became “a defector”, having refused to go back to the USSR from his Parisian tour. And since that time he was travelling all over the world, working in London, Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, filming in the USA ... For several years Nuriyev was the head of the ballet company at the Paris Opera Ballet. His final resting place, he also found near the capital of France, at a cemetery in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.