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Alla OsipenkoBeauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet$
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Joel Lobenthal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.001.0001

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Nureyev Defects

Nureyev Defects

12 Nureyev Defects
Alla Osipenko

Joel Lobenthal

Oxford University Press

Osipenko was prominent when the Kirov Ballet made its debut in Paris in 1961, but her behavior made Soviet authorities skittish, particularly her affair with French ballet star Atillio Labis. Young Rudolph Nureyev’s behavior was also alarming. On the closing night of the Paris season Osipenko danced Swan Lake with him. The next day the company was leaving for its London debut when, on the airfield, Nureyev was told he was being sent back to the USSR; instead, he defected on the spot.

Keywords:   Osipenko, Nureyev, Labis, Swan Lake, defects

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