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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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While the Company Was in London

While the Company Was in London

(p.159) Chapter Twenty-Six While the Company Was in London
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya recounts the time she was left behind in Moscow while the Bolshoi Theater's “first team” successfully opened the London season. Maya pleaded her case to Nikita Khrushchev, Nikolai Bulganin, and Dmitri Shepilov, none of whom would talk to her. To keep herself busy and to show the world that she was in good form, Maya decided to dance Swan Lake with the troupe that remained in Moscow. It was scheduled for October 12, and the public got interested after learning that there would be a ballet instead of the opera. Maya then received a call from Ekaterina Alexeyevna Furtseva, a member of the Politburo. On October 29 she danced in Tula, the same day the Bolshoi team was doing Swan Lake in London.

Keywords:   ballet, Moscow, Bolshoi Theater, London, Nikita Khrushchev, Swan Lake, Ekaterina Alexeyevna Furtseva, Politburo, Tula

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