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Saturday, January 5

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Rudolf Nureyev is honored 20 years after his death.

Having successfully hidden the extent of his illness for some time, Nureyev effectively announced it to the world when he appeared, gaunt and frail, at a premiere of "La Bayadere" two months before his death.

"It is always hard when someone doesn't know when to leave the stage, but for him it really was a question of life or death," said Pontois. "He dedicated his life to dance."

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A new exhibit features photographs of Royal Ballet dancers.

The 35 black and white portraits by Rick Guest also include Edward Watson crouching like a frog on a ledge recalling his performance in The Metamorphosis, for which he won an Olivier Award in 2012 and Zenaida Yanowsky leaping in a pair of woollen black wings. Lauren Cuthbertson also wears a winged dress, posing en pointe with one leg raised high in the air.

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