Maya Plisetskaya, Russian ballet legend passes away

Maya Plisetskaya, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century from Russia passed away in Germany. She was 89.

Plisetskaya was born in Moscow on November 20, 1925. Her ballet career spanned for more than five decades.

She had joined the Bolshoi, a historic theatre in Moscow in 1943. Her performances had captivated audiences around the world. In 1960, she became the Bolshoi’s prima ballerina.

Her modern choreography and performances were charged with eroticism flouted Soviet convention.

In 1983, she became one of the first Soviet celebrities allowed to work for Western dance companies without having to defect. She was also the artistic director of the Rome Opera Ballet.

Her acclaimed roles were Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty and Carmen in Carmen Suite.

Plisetskaya had retired from stage performance at the stage age of 65 and became a choreographer and giving master classes around the world.

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