The great Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev died on this day in 1993 at the age of 54. Nureyev, one of the most iconic dancers of the twentieth century, had it all: beauty, genius, charm, passion, and sex appeal. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement on or off the stage. In this biography, Julia Kavanagh brings us through the professional and personal milestones of Nureyev’s life and career.
“A fan or a tenugui (scarf) is often used in dancing, being manipulated to suggest all sorts of things as the occasion may require. To give a few examples in common practice: an open fan raised gradually in front signifies the rising sun; used in a drinking attitude it may represent a wine cup; a closed fan may be used to suggest a stick, a bow, an arrow, or a gun, etc.; a scarf may be doubled and thrust into the sash to indicate long and short swords worn by a samurai; when redoubled and held on the palm in a smoking attitude it may serve as a pipe; or it may be made to describe running water by holding one end of it and giving it a quick succession of jerks from one side to the other.”