Maya Plisetskaya

Ballet dancer Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya, born is a Russian ballet dancer, frequently cited as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. Plisetskaya danced during the Soviet era at the same time as the great Galina Ulanova, and took over from her as prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi in 1960.
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Deceased
02 May 2015
home town
Moscow
Death Place
München

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Bolshoi dreams: tradition reigns at Russian ballet school
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
In a vast, light-filled room, a dozen girls in identical lavender leotards, hair in tight chignons, all strike an arabesque pose and share the same dream: one day joining Russia's legendary Bolshoi Ballet. Located in south Moscow far from the gilded splendour of the historic Bolshoi theatre, the academy has produced some of the world's most celebrated dancers, including Maya Plisetskaya and Maris Liepa. Founded in the 1770s like the Bolshoi theatre, the academy, also called the Moscow State School of Choreography, today has 721 students from 10 to 19 years old.
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A Legendary Company Pays Tribute
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
The Mariinsky visited Brooklyn with ‘A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya,’ a series of four different dance programs at BAM.
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Review: Mariinsky Celebrates a Prima Ballerina
NYTimes - almost 2 years
In the first of four programs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the ballet company performed “A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya” on Thursday.
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ArtsBeat: Watching Maya Plisetskaya
NYTimes - almost 3 years
Ms. Plisetskaya, who died on Saturday, was the epitome of the Bolshoi’s larger-than-life tradition. These clips give a sense of her dancing.
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Legendary Russian ballerina dies
CNN - almost 3 years
Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, who was considered one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, died on Saturday at age 89.
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Maya Plisetskaya: Ballerina whose charisma and talent helped her fight the Soviet authorities and achieve international fame
The Independent - almost 3 years
If Soviet ballet's most famous ballerina was Galina Ulanova – arguably also the 20th century's greatest – then Maya Plisetskaya was not far behind. On Ulanova's retirement in 1962 she became the Bolshoi's prima ballerina; her celebrity in Russia was on a par with cosmonauts and film stars; her distinctively tall and dramatic image, captured in photos and film, was as familiar as Khrushchev's.
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Legendary Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya dies
CNN - almost 3 years
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Russian ballerina Plisetskaya dies at 89
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
MOSCOW (AP) — Maya Plisetskaya, regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and whose career at the Bolshoi Theater spanned more than 35 years, has died at age 89.
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Maya Plisetskaya, Ballerina Who Embodied Bolshoi, Dies at 89
NYTimes - almost 3 years
Ms. Plisetskaya, renowned for her fluidity of movement, expressive acting and willful personality, danced on the Bolshoi stage well into her 60s, but her life was shadowed by Stalinism.
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In the mood of Julien Fournié: "For me, Maya Plisetskaya represents the eternal feminine"
Yahoo News - about 4 years
In the midst of the Spring-Summer 2014 edition of haute couture fashion week (January 19-24), Relaxnews caught up with French couturier Julien Fournié, who is unveiling his new collection in Paris Tuesday, January 21. JF: I was getting ready for a gala event at the Paris Opéra. In powdery tones, in the style of Jean-Honoré Fragonard, I placed these young women in a strange world, a little like Mark Ryden does. R: If you had to sum up your collection in just one piece, which would you choose?
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Labat Loano Danza Festival: finale con il Gran Gala delle stelle - Albenga Corsara - News & Views Magazine
Google News - over 6 years
Rolando si è esibito in Gala con ballerini famosi come Maya Plisetskaya, Patrick Dupont, Farouk Ruzimatov, Alicia Alonso, Tamara Rojo, Mary Carmen Catoya. YOEL CARRENO – Inizia gli studi di danza alla Escuela Provincial de Ballet “Alejo Carpentier”
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Andaba la cosa gacha - El Comercio Digital (Asturias)
Google News - over 6 years
Cierto que es la efeméride de las dos personas citadas, ¿y?, pero también lo es del óbito del poeta Luis Cernuda, y del nacimiento de Jorge Negrete, de Maya Plisetskaya o de la, imponderable, y nunca bien descrita, Bo Derek
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Anna Karenina, Royal Opera House, LondonBalanchine / Robbins Triple Bill ... - The Independent
Google News - over 6 years
Telling so much in such a short space – Rodion Shchedrin's airless score, written in 1972 for wife Maya Plisetskaya's version of Anna Karenina, is only 85 minutes long – calls for all Ratmansky's considerable incisive wit. Major events gallop past,
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Μια ρομαντική ιστορία αγάπης σε ένα κλασικό αριστούργημα - Ημερησία
Google News - over 6 years
Πέρυσι, μετά την παράσταση του «Little Humpbacked Horse» την οποία μόλις είχε παρακολουθήσει η μεγάλη Maya Plisetskaya, έβγαλε συγκινημένη τα διαμαντένια σκουλαρίκια που φορούσε και τα προσέφερε στην έκπληκτη Alina. Απ' την άλλη, η Alina Cojocaru από
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Anna Karenina, Covent Garden, London - Financial Times
Google News - over 6 years
It proposes hallucinatory action, exceptional decoration, and an energetic score by Rodion Shchedrin composed for an earlier realisation of Tolstoy's novel by his wife, Maya Plisetskaya. What Ratmansky's two acts offer is a spectre's view of the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maya Plisetskaya
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 89
    Plisetskaya died in Munich, Germany, on 2 May 2015 from a heart attack.
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  • 2006
    Age 80
    In 2006, Emperor Akihito of Japan presented her with the Praemium Imperiale, informally considered a Nobel Prize for Art.
  • 1996
    Age 70
    In 1996 she danced the Dying Swan, her signature role, at a gala in her honor in St. Petersburg.
    And in 1996 she was named President of the Imperial Russian Ballet.
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  • 1994
    Age 68
    Beginning in 1994, she presided over the annual international ballet competitions, called Maya, and in 1996 she was named President of the Imperial Russian Ballet.
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  • 1990
    Age 64
    As a member of the Bolshoi until 1990, her skill as a dancer changed the world of ballet, setting a higher standard for ballerinas both in terms of technical brilliance and dramatic presence.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 58
    Plisetskaya and Shchedrin spent time abroad, where she worked as the artistic director of the Rome Opera Ballet in 1984–85, then the Spanish National Ballet of Madrid from 1987 to 1989.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 48
    Her own ballet of the same name was filmed in 1974.
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  • 1971
    Age 45
    In 1971, her husband Shchedrin wrote a ballet on the same subject, where she would play the leading role.
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  • 1967
    Age 41
    In 1967, she performed as Carmen in the Carmen Suite, choreographed specifically for her by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 36
    In 1962, the Bolshoi was invited to perform at the White House by president John F. Kennedy, and Plisetskaya recalled that first lady Jacqueline Kennedy greeted her by saying "You're just like Anna Karenina."
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    By 1962, following Ulanova's retirement, Plisetskaya embarked on another three-month world tour.
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  • 1959
    Age 33
    After performing in Spartacus during her 1959 U.S. debut tour, Life magazine, in its issue featuring the Bolshoi, rated her second only to Galina Ulanova.
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  • 1956
    Age 30
    On one occasion, to gain the attention and respect from some of the country’s leaders, she gave one of the most powerful performances of her career, in Swan Lake, for her 1956 concert in Moscow.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 22
    Ezrahi writes, “the intrinsic paranoia of the Soviet regime made it ban Plisetskaya, one of the most celebrated dancers, from the Bolshoi Ballet’s first major international tour,” as she was considered “politically suspect” and was “non-exportable.” In 1948 the Zhdanov Doctrine took effect, and with her family history, and being Jewish, she became a "natural target... publicly humiliated and excoriated for not attending political meetings."
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1943
    Age 17
    In 1943, at the age of eighteen, Plisetskaya graduated from the choreographic school.
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  • 1941
    Age 15
    Maya and her seven-month-old baby brother were taken in by their maternal aunt, ballerina Sulamith Messerer, until their mother was released in 1941.
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  • 1938
    Age 12
    In 1938, her father was arrested and later executed during the Stalinist purges, during which tens of thousands of people were murdered.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the younger brother to president John F. Kennedy, befriended Plisetskaya, with whom he shared the birth date of 20 November 1925. She was invited to gatherings with Kennedy and his family at their estate on Cape Cod in 1962. They later named their sailboat Maya, in her honor. As the Cuban Missile Crisis had ended a few weeks earlier, at the end of October, 1962, U.S. and Soviet relations were at a low point. Diplomats of both countries considered her friendship with Kennedy to be a great benefit to warmer relations, after weeks of worrisome military confrontation. Years later, when they met in 1968, he was then campaigning for the presidency, and diplomats again suggested that their friendship would continue to help relations between the two countries.
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