By Maya Plisetskaya, Antonina W. Bouis
Plisetskaya recounts the execution of her father within the nice Terror and her mother’s exile to the Gulag. She describes her admission to the Bolshoi in 1943, the jobs she played there, and the never-ending petty harassments she persisted, from either green with envy colleagues and occasion officers. Refused permission for 6 years to journey with the corporate, Plisetskaya finally played around the world, operating with such famous choreographers as Roland Petit and Maurice Béjart. She recounts the tumultuous occasions she lived via and the attention-grabbing humans she met—among them the mythical ballet instructor Agrippina Vaganova, George Balanchine, Frank Sinatra, Rudolf Nureyev, and Dmitri Shostakovich. and she or he presents attention-grabbing information about testy cocktail-party encounters with Khrushchev, excursions overseas whilst her meager according to diem allowance introduced her with regards to hunger, and KGB plots to capitalize on her friendship with Robert Kennedy. proficient, brave, and brutally sincere, Plisetskaya brilliantly illuminates the area of Soviet ballet in the course of an period that encompasses either repression and cultural détente.
Still prima ballerina assoluta with the Bolshoi Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya additionally travels all over the world appearing and lecturing. on the Bolshoi’s gala celebrating her seventy fifth birthday, President Vladimir Putin provided her with Russia’s maximum civilian honor, the medal for carrier to the Russian kingdom, moment measure. Tim Scholl is professor of Russian language and literature at Oberlin university. Antonina W. Bouis is the prize-winning translator of greater than fifty books, together with fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs by means of such figures as Andrei Sakharov, Elena Bonner, and Dmitri Shostakovich.