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Maya Plisetskaya

Dance  is a soul, it is the development of self-confidence, and it is life. I love dancing and I have been doing it for 10 years, and  I can not imagine my life without it. My story is about a wonderful ballet dancer whose contribution to the world ballet is invaluable. She has been admired and adored by several generations.

Maya Plisetskaya is a famous ballet dancer who has a great artistic talent. She turned courage into an aesthetic category, and was not afraid to break the canons.

Nature endowed Plisetskaya with unique characteristics: big step, high jump, great Fouette, powerful artistic temperament and extraordinary sensitivity to music. Her talent was spotted when she was at a ballet school. However, she had to prove her talent.

Her wish to become a ballet dancer was so great that even the Great Patriotic War couldn’t put her off doing it.

On 1st April , 1943 Plisetskaya was taken into the Bolshoi Theater. Some time later "The Dying Swan" appeared on the stage. She became famous for it, she did it in the same way as the legendary Anna Pavlova who was the first performer of the famous miniature choreographed by Mikhail Fokine to Camille Saint-Saens’s music.

On 27th April, 1947 Maya Plisetskaya danced Odette - Odile in "Swan Lake." Tchaikovsky’s music played the most important role in her creative life.

In 1961, Maya Plisetskaya performed the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" by Prokofiev.

In 1960s, Plisetskaya was already officially acknowledged the leading dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre. That was the period of the growing number of performances, and ever growing sense of creative dissatisfaction. She wanted something new. At the end of 1966, the National Ballet of Cuba, came on tour to Moscow, and the Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso invited  her to perform in the ballet "Carmen". The first night of "Carmen Suite" at the Bolshoi Theatre was on 20th April, 1967.

In 1971, she starred in the film "Anna Karenina" where she made her brilliant debut as a drama actress in the role of Princess Betsy Tverskaya. A year later, "Anna Karenina" was staged in Bolshoi and Maya  Mikhailovna tried her hand as a choreographer.

In 1983 there was an unexpected twist of fate, she was offered to become the artistic director of the Rome Opera Ballet. She held the post for a year and a half.

Since the end of 1987 to 1990 Plisetskaya mainly worked in Spain, in the Madrid leading ballet company National lyrical "La Zarzuela."

On the 4th of January, 1990 Maya Plisetskaya danced her last performance at the Bolshoi Theatre  it was "The Seagull." Long-standing disagreements with the artistic direction of the ballet troupe led to the fact that she left the Bolshoi.

In 1992, Plisetskaya initiated the creation of a new ballet, an idea was suggested by Pierre Cardin.

In 1994 she became the president of the newly founded company GL Taranda "Imperial Russian Ballet".

In 1994, the Moscow publishing house "News" published a book, "I, Maya Plisetskaya ...» It immediately became a bestseller. It was translated into 11 languages: German, French, Japanese, Czech, Polish, Lithuanian, Estonian, Serbian, Serbo-Croatian, English and Finnish. In France, it was published in 1995. The greatest praise was received in the United States. There was even an idea to make a film on it - Plisetskaya received an offer from one of Hollywood producers. Soon her book appeared in China.

On 20th November, 2000 the Bolshoi Theatre celebrated the 75th anniversary of Maya Plisetskaya. She has got a lot of awards during her life.

Category: ISSUE #7 | Added by: Chuda (08-Dec-2012) | Author: Liza Makarova
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