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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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A Lyrical Digression

A Lyrical Digression

(p.296) Chapter Forty-One A Lyrical Digression
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya reflects on her life, both personal and professional. Her entire bustling life has been characterized by premieres, struggles and conflicts, hassles, frustrations, impulses, meetings, suitcases, the daily grind. She has suffered from insomnia all her life, having swallowed kilograms of sleeping pills from Nembutal to Luminal, Tazepam, Roginal, and Valium. She was a creature of extremes and a fanatic soccer fan. Throughout her entire life, she adored and idolized Rodion Shchedrin, her husband. With regards to her ballet, she poured warm water into the heels of her ballet slippers (to make the foot sit more firmly) before every class and every performance. She and her fellow dancers bought all their food at Moscow markets and got some goodies from the buffets of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Keywords:   ballet, insomnia, Rodion Shchedrin, dancers, Moscow, Bolshoi Ballet

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