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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 Roland Petit and Maurice Béjart

Work with Roland Petit and Maurice Béjart

(p.282) Chapter Forty Work with Roland Petit and Maurice Béjart
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya recalls her experience working with Western choreographers Roland Petit and Maurice Béjart. After Maya received the Legion of Honor from François Mitterand, the president of France, she met Petit at the Repetto store owned by his mother. Petit asked her to work with him. Wanting to be in Petit's new ballet, Maya flew to Marseilles on January 1, 1973. In Paris, she danced La Rose Malade with her partner, Rudy Bryans. Meanwhile, her communications with Béjart began after she saw Dushka Sifnis dancing his Bolero. When she got back to Moscow, Maya wrote a letter to Béjart expressing her desire to dance his ballet. They made three rehearsals of Isadora, which premiered in Monaco. However, her work with Béjart upset the ballet community in Moscow.

Keywords:   ballet, choreographers, Roland Petit, Maurice Béjart, France, La Rose Malade, Bolero, Moscow, Isadora

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