Maya Plisetskaya, the great Russian ballerina, passed away on May 2. Delightful and incomprehensible, she was timeless. In our post in memory of the "golden" rules of the most glamorous ballerina in the country and interesting facts from her life.
Maya Plisetskaya admitted that ballet "was not the passion of her life." She was going to follow in the footsteps of her mother, silent film actress Rachel Messerer, and become an actress. But after her father was shot and her mother was sent to a camp for the wives of traitors to the motherland, 13-year-old Maya was adopted by Shulamith Messerer, a maternal aunt, a soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet. Maya Mikhailovna inherited her profession from her.
Plisetskaya danced the “Dying Swan”, which became the hallmark of the ballerina, for the first time at the age of 14. Shulamith Messerer herself was engaged in staging a number for her niece and changed the original version of Mikhail Fokine to emphasize the dignity of Maya's figure. She went out with her back to the audience so that the audience could appreciate the beauty of her hands.
Plisetskaya said that she had spied on her "Dying Swan" at the Moscow Zoo, where she had gone specially to observe the swan's plasticity.
Plisetskaya was called the most glamorous ballerina, and her outfits were discussed no less than roles. The outfits for her were created by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin, and the latter called her his muse. “Cardin made me many priceless costumes and never asked for money,” the ballerina said.
In 1962, Plisetskaya met Robert Kennedy, the brother of the American president. He looked after her very beautifully, gave her diamonds and flowers. They remained friends for many years.
Rodion Shchedrin created many ballets for his wife, including Anna Karenina, The Seagull and The Lady with the Dog. Plisetskaya, who left the stage at 65 (!) Years old, said that thanks to her husband, her stage career was extended by half a century.
Maya Plisetskaya loved football all her life. In Munich, Plisetskaya and Shchedrin were often met at football matches. Maya Mikhailovna was sick for CSKA.
Rodion Shchedrin was always with Maya Plisetskaya during the tour. The ballerina kept her lipstick in her husband's jacket pocket.
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