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The career of Sylvie Guillem, arguably the most celebrated ballerina of her generation, is something of a feminist parable. In 1984, at the age of 19, she became the youngest dancer in the history of the Paris Opera Ballet to be given the top rank of étoile, a promotion awarded by the troupe’s then-director, Rudolf Nureyev. A technical prodigy who pushed her body to extremes, Guillem was branded headstrong and difficult early on when she insisted on having a say in creative decisions....

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