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“And he was in a hot bath, drinking tea, looking like that famous painting The Death of Marat. I had a great time dancing with Natalia Markarova and Gelsey Kirkland – that kept me going the last few years on the classical scene – but they were partnered much better by other people. It was too busy.” Despite such differences, the two men were close.
I said, ‘Rudolf, you look like a dead old woman,’ and he is laughing. And then he got up to go to the evening performance, and do the same piece with another ballerina. You have to love it.’” The two men had their differences, partly because Baryshnikov did not like dancing in Nureyev’s productions of classics such as Raymonda. “I said when he died that he had the charisma, the earthiness of a simple man and the real arrogance of God.
“I want to keep my sense of connection to the audience,” he says.
His career has been marked by his remarkable, restless, intelligence.
The piece is an adaptation of The Old Woman, a short story by the dissident Russian writer Daniil Kharms, an early surrealist and absurdist who was arrested for treason under Stalin in 1941 and died in a psychiatric ward the following year, probably of starvation.
“I’m not interested, I don’t like even to think about it.” Is he not curious to see for himself how things have changed since he left?
“You can see it better from afar and you can understand it much better than when you live there.” He was, he says, appalled to read of the acid attack in January this year on the Bolshoi’s artistic director Sergei Filin.
But at the rehearsals, I am totally at home.” This dislike of performing is in marked contrast to Rudolf Nureyev, of whom he speaks with great affection.