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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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Concert for the Cheka

Concert for the Cheka

(p.45) Chapter Nine Concert for the Cheka
I, Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya

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In this chapter, Maya Plisetskaya recalls the time she met and became friends with Miliza Korjus, her childhood idol, at the backstage of the Shriner Auditorium in Los Angeles in 1966. Miliza was not aware that Joseph Stalin liked The Great Waltz a lot and had it distributed on Soviet screens. Maya attended rehearsals at school for an important concert to be held at the club of the NKVD. She wondered why Russia's secret police had a desire to see the young ballet sprouts, the sixth- and seventh-class students of Elizaveta Pavlovna Gerdt. Maya and her classmates danced to piano accompaniment by their best school pianist, Ekaterina Shlikhting.

Keywords:   ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, Miliza Korjus, Joseph Stalin, The Great Waltz, concert, NKVD, Russia, Elizaveta Pavlovna Gerdt, Ekaterina Shlikhting

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