Today Maya Plisetskaya (1925-2015), one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, would have celebrated her 90th birthday.

Myrtha in Giselle, the title roles in Raymonda, Isadora, Bolero, Carmen Suite, Spartacus, Stone Flower, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Anna in Anna Karenina – there was no role she couldn’t play and dance. An artist with a remarkably long stage career (Maya Plisetskaya was dancing for almost 60 years) and unique style, muse to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin, the symbol of Russian ballet and the prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi Theatre, a woman with strong, willful, daring personality and exceptional elegance and grace.

“Your character is your fate” – Maya Plisetskaya

 Importance of arms.

Maya PlisetskayaMaya Plisetskaya and Yves Saint Laurent, 1971

Maya PlisetskayaMaya Plisetskaya and her husband, composer Rodion Shchedrin, 1968

“She was, and still is, a star, ballet’s monstre sacré, the final statement about theatrical glamour, a flaring, flaming beacon in a world of dimly twinkling talents, a beauty in the world of prettiness”.
– Financial Times, 2005

To honor the great ballerina, Bolshoi Theatre and Google Cultural Institute present an online archive of photographs and videos of Maya Plisetskaya.

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