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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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I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya reflects on her life as a ballerina for the Bolshoi Ballet. Leonid Mikhailovich Lavrovsky was appointed twice as artistic director of the Bolshoi. His peak was Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, which Maya danced numerous times. Although the ballet's choreography always seemed monotonous and not very interesting, the dramatic side of the performance was brilliant. Another remarkable work by Lavrovsky was Walpurgisnacht—dances for Charles-François Gounod's opera Faust but The Stone Flower in Moscow was not a success. In 1964, Lavrovsky was replaced by Yuri Grigorovich, the author of the second staging of The Stone Flower. In that capacity Grigorovich transported yet another successful production from Leningrad, Legend of Love. Maya muses in this chapter that the mainstay of life at the Bolshoi Ballet had become trips abroad, which had corrupted the dancers. She also laments the dictatorial regime at the Bolshoi.

Keywords:   ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Leonid Mikhailovich Lavrovsky, Romeo and Juliet, Walpurgisnacht, The Stone Flower, Moscow, Yuri Grigorovich, Legend of Love

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