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Date: 09/29/2015 19:10

New York, NY — Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) announces the award of a $3 million gift from the
Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation to create the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment and to name the Rudolf
Nureyev Studio. This is the first endowment gift to Baryshnikov Arts Center, made as it celebrates its 10th
Anniversary this year. It is specifically designated to support dance activity at BAC and to name BAC’s
Studio 4A the Rudolf Nureyev Studio in perpetuity. The gift was announced by Barry L. Weinstein, the
Chairman of the Board of the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation at BAC’s 10th Anniversary Fall Fête on
September 28, held at the Center.
Mr. Weinstein said: “The Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation is proud to award the Baryshnikov Arts
Center a significant gift to create a named space for Rudolf Nureyev. Our gift is a fitting tribute to
Nureyev's legacy and an important recognition of BAC's role as a home for dance. Nureyev's emergence
in the West was pivotal in dance history and paved the way for future dance luminaries. The uniting of the
names, Nureyev and Baryshnikov, who shared cultural backgrounds, were both trained in the legendary
Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, were colleagues and friends, and who were arguably two of the
greatest dancers the world has ever seen, will provide stimulus for excellence in dance for many years to
Mikhail Baryshnikov, artistic director of BAC said: “I am thrilled and grateful for the generous support from
the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation. With this new gift, we will be able to establish the first endowed
fund at BAC––an incredible milestone for our organization. BAC’s mission is to provide a space and
home for artists and dancers to continue to grow and develop their art, with absolute freedom. This
embodies what Rudolf Nureyev represented: who he was as a person and an artist. I am so moved to be
able to have a space at BAC that will bear Rudolf Nureyev’s name and provide inspiration for countless
dancers and artists in the years to come. Rudolf loved this City and I know he would be so happy to know
that his name will be carried forward here at BAC.”
Born in Siberia of Tatar descent, Rudolf Nureyev (1938––1993) was an extraordinary, charismatic dancer
and choreographer, renowned for his versatility, exuberant dynamism and energy. He was admired for
being able to master different styles with extraordinary ease. Among his many achievements, Nureyev
choreographed and restaged many classics, served as the Paris Opera Ballet's artistic director (1983––
1989), and worked with most of the notable dancers and choreographers of his time. Nureyev was well
known as Dame Margot Fonteyn’s favorite partner. Nureyev began his ballet studies at 11. At 17 he
entered the Leningrad Ballet School, working with Aleksandr Pushkin. Upon graduating in 1958 he
became soloist with the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet. After being granted asylum in France in 1961, he
danced with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas. He made his American debut in 1962, appearing on
American television and the Chicago Opera Ballet. Later that year he joined the Royal Ballet (London) as
a permanent guest artist and continued to work with companies and choreographers around the world as
a guest star throughout his career.
About Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC)
BAC is the realization of a long-held vision by artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov who sought to build an
arts center in Manhattan that would serve as a gathering place for artists from all disciplines. BAC’s
opening in 2005 heralded the launch of this mission, establishing a thriving creative laboratory and
performance space for artists from around the world. BAC’s activities encompass a robust residency
program augmented by a range of professional services, including commissions of new work, as well as
the presentation of performances by artists at varying stages of their careers. In tandem with its
commitment to supporting artists, BAC is dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting
contemporary, innovative work at affordable ticket prices. For more information, please visit
About the Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation
In tribute to Rudolf Nureyev, whose love of the new in dance sprang from a profound faith in ballet's
traditional past, the Rudolf Nureyev® Dance Foundation seeks to preserve and protect the history and
tradition of dance while simultaneously encouraging its progress and development. Specifically, the
Foundation aims to perpetuate Rudolf Nureyev's name, and to advance his vision and contribution to
dance through its study, performance and appreciation. Financially, through grants to benefit dance, the
Foundation aims to carry on the legacy that Rudolf Nureyev has left behind - his extraordinary dedication
to the art of dance. The Trustees of the Foundation include Chairman of the Board, Barry L. Weinstein,
and Jeannette Etheredge, Paul Horowitz, Joyce A. Moffatt, and Hilary Weinstein.
Baryshnikov Arts Center is grateful for the support of its generous individual and institutional annual fund
donors in 2014––2015.
In Memory of Sophia Adams, Pierre Apraxine, Elena Aristova, Jason R. Baron, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lisa
Rinehart, Tina and Jeffrey Bolton Family Fund, Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey S. Borer, Catherine Brennan, Clyde Brownstone,
Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko, Frank and Monique Cordasco, Richard and Jennie DeScherer, Joseph and
Diana DiMenna, James H. Duffy, Ehrenkranz Family Foundation, Barbara Fleischman, Richard and Nicole Fortson,
Sandra Foschi, Paola Gianturco, Jon Gilman & Brad Learmonth, Slavka B. Glaser, Louise Guenther, Agnes Gund,
Dr. Ayele Hadero, Annie and John Hall, Brian and Tania Higgins, Roger and Joan Hooker, Huong Hoang, Fredericka
Hunter, Colleen Keegan, Donald M. Kendall, Paul and Teresa Kim, Joan Konner and Alvin Perlmutter, Herman
Krawitz, Sali Ann Kriegsman, Mark Ladner and Julie Ross, Dr. Christopher and Eleanor Lange, Charlie and Lorie
Levy, Jarrett and Maritess Lilien, Jane Lipton, Jane & Richard Mescon, In Honor of Natalie Moody, Aidan Mooney,
Irina Pavlova, Steven and Michèle Pesner, Steve and Randy Piaker, Hubert and Joanna Parzecki, Aidan and
Elizabeth Quinn, John S. Rockwell, Leslie Ruff, Dorothy Scheuer, Wallace Shawn, Jeremy Smith, Christina Sterner,
Jennifer Tipton, Ian and Jack Archer Watters, Mary Waters, Suzanne Weil, and World Wide-Holdings Fund in The
New York Community Trust, in honor of Victor Elmaleh.
Affirmation Arts Fund, The AG Foundation, American Chai Trust, Anonymous, Rose M. Badgeley Residuary
Charitable Trust, Capezio-Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, Citizens of Humanity, The Gladys Krieble Delmas
Foundation, The Enoch Foundation, J.C. Flowers Foundation, Ford Foundation, Marshall Frankel Foundation,
Howard Gilman Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Irving Harris Foundation, Francena T. Harrison
Foundation Trust, The Jim Henson Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Kent-Lucas
Foundation, Kiwi Partners, The Luce Della Vite Estate in Montalcino, Italy, The Lupin Foundation, The Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, New
York Community Trust, Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, The Jerome Robbins
Foundation, James E. Robison Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels
Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Thompson Family Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the
Walter Family Foundation.
Baryshnikov Arts Center is also grateful for support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and public funds
from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Funding is also made
possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York
State Legislature.
Yamaha is the official piano of the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
As of September 24, 2015

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