December 1962

[youtube][/youtube]Rudolf Nureyev and Erik Bruhn. Filmed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney, December 1962

Rudolf Nureyev, the explosive superstar recently defected from the Soviet Union, arrives in Sydney to join Erik Bruhn and recover from a minor injury sustained at The Royal Ballet. The company watches them take class with Sonia Arova. Kelvin Coe, then a corps de ballet member, said that Nureyev and Bruhn’s styles were “like fire and ice”.