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Maya Plisetskaya

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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My First Year at the Bolshoi Theater

My First Year at the Bolshoi Theater

(p.58) Chapter Twelve My First Year at the Bolshoi Theater
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya describes her life at the Bolshoi Theater, which had just returned from Kuibyshev (now renamed Samara, its original name) when she was taken into the ballet company. At the time, Marina Semyonova and Olga Lepeshinskaya reigned supreme on the stage while Viktorina Kriger, Lyubov Bank, Anastasia Abramova, and Lyubov Podgoretskaya were in the twilight of their dancing careers. The repertoire consisted of the usual titles known around the world, such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker. Maya was chosen as one of the eight nymphs in the Polish act of the opera Ivan Susanin. In order to stay in condition, she began performing at many concerts in Moscow. Maya also offers her impressions about the prima donnas of the Bolshoi Ballet during the period.

Keywords:   ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, Bolshoi Theater, Ivan Susanin, concerts, Moscow, prima donnas, Bolshoi Ballet

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