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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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Who'll Get Whom!

Who'll Get Whom!

(p.107) Chapter Nineteen Who'll Get Whom!
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya reflects on the difficult times she had under Alexander Vasilyevich Solodovnikov, who replaced Fedor Pimenovich Bondarenko as director of the Bolshoi Theater in May 1948. Solodovnikov began his “anti-Plisetskaya” campaign with a newspaper article in which he praised all of the ballerinas at the Bolshoi Theater except Maya. He was the complete opposite of Bondarenko, who was gentle, accessible, and forgiving. Maya also had to contend with the Komsomol, which once rebuked her for her failure to attend one of their meetings. She received an offer from Kasyan Yaroslavich Goleizovsky to take part in several concert numbers at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, with the first rehearsal in the ballet school in two days. But it was Swan Lake that brought her out of this dark period again.

Keywords:   ballet, Alexander Vasilyevich Solodovnikov, Bolshoi Theater, ballerinas, Komsomol, Kasyan Yaroslavich Goleizovsky, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Swan Lake

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