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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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Work with Yakobson

Work with Yakobson

(p.229) Chapter Thirty-Five Work with Yakobson
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya reflects on her work with Leonid Veniaminovich Yakobson, one of Russia's great choreographers. Maya worked more often and for a longer time with Yakobson than with any other of her contemporary choreographers. She danced Swan Lake under Yakobson's choreography to open the Kremlin Palace of Congresses on December 23, 1961. After yet another Swan Lake, this time for the king of Laos, Maya focused on rehearsing Spartacus with Maria Nikolayevna Shamsheva as coach. Sol Hurok, who had seen Yakobson's ballet in Leningrad, wanted to bring it on Maya's fall tour of America. Yakobson's Spartacus premiered at the Bolshoi Theater on April 4, 1962. Yakobson died on October 17, 1975.

Keywords:   ballet, Leonid Veniaminovich Yakobson, Russia, Swan Lake, choreography, Kremlin Palace of Congresses, Spartacus, Sol Hurok, Bolshoi Theater

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