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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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Seventy-three Days

Seventy-three Days

(p.198) Chapter Thirty-Two Seventy-three Days
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya recounts her April 1959 tour to America with her ballet family. The entire tour lasted seventy-three days and took Maya's group to the major U.S. cities. On this tour Maya danced in Swan Lake, The Stone Flower, and Walpurgisnacht while Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova danced in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, and several concert numbers. Both ballerinas were centers of attention. While in America, Maya and her husband Rodion Shchedrin did not have any thoughts of defecting to the West. Maya made friends with Leonard Bernstein and Artur Rubinstein, among other personalities, and met several Hollywood stars such as Mary Pickford, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, and Henry Fonda. She also saw some of her American relatives.

Keywords:   ballet, tour, America, Swan Lake, Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova, Romeo and Juliet, Leonard Bernstein, Artur Rubinstein, Hollywood

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