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I, Maya Plisetskaya
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I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

Abstract

Maya Plisetskaya, one of the world's foremost dancers, rose to become a prima ballerina of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet after an early life filled with tragedy and loss. In this memoir, Plisetskaya reflects on her personal and professional odyssey, presenting a unique view of the life of a Soviet artist during the troubled period from the late 1930s to the 1990s. Plisetskaya recounts the execution of her father in the Great Terror and her mother's exile to the Gulag. She describes her admission to the Bolshoi in 1943, the roles she performed there, and the endless petty harassments she endured, fro ... More

Keywords: Maya Plisetskaya, Bolshoi Ballet, Great Terror, Gulag, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, Nikita Khrushchev, Robert Kennedy, KGB, Rudolf Nureyev

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300088571
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088571.001.0001

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Maya Plisetskaya, author

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