"Nureyev" Designs by Carybé:
"Thanks to choreographers Gerry Maretski and Hector Zaraspe, I was able to watch Nureyev's rehearsals in Rio de Janeiro's Municipal Theater, April 1971.
The dancer was rehearsing Stravinsky's 'Apollon Musagéte'. Patiently meshing with the musicians, he repeated parts, argued with the orchestra leader and perfected his rhythms and movements. Then, he began all over again until music and movement coincided with matehmatical precision in such perfect coordination that you could not tell whether a note signaled a step or whether it was Nureyev's body that struck the notes.
During those two days, I too worked exhaustively trying to catch the weightlessness and harmony of this man who seemed to fly. I made dozens of drawings which were assembled in an album as a tribute to Apollo's Muses. For if there was anything mythological about the performance, it was Nureyev himself shot into the air by the triggers of his feet and returned to earth with the lightness of a feather."
Carybé is a famous Bahian artist. Bahian refers to Bahia, Brazil.
He is featured as a character in many of the books by Jorge Amado.
Note: the Portuguese article needs to be translated to English.