The Bolshoi Theater is preparing to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the birth of Maya Plisetskaya. There was a dress rehearsal for a gala concert and a presentation of a new edition of the book of memoirs, written by the great ballerina.
Report by Elena Voroshilova.
The book “I am Maya Plisetskaya” went through 16 editions. The very first was in 1993. The opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya inspired Plisetskaya to create her memories. The latest edition added a foreword by Rodion Shchedrin, the ballerina’s husband.
“Although it is small in volume, this is an introduction, but it is very soulful. And he talks a lot about their relationship. Because as this book, written by Maya Mikhailovna herself, it is felt that Rodion Konstantinovich did not dictate the preface to anyone, but wrote himself “,
– said the head of the press service of the Bolshoi Theater Katerina Novikova.
Shchedrin himself called the book the confession of Plisetskaya. The new edition includes photos of Natalia Loginova and photos from a mobile phone from Rodion Shchedrin’s archive. It was the book that determined the direction and numbers of the concert.
“The book will be featured in the evening itself. Ilse will read excerpts from the book, and they will correspond to the numbers that we will show. You will hear thoughts about Swan Lake, Carmen, her childhood,
– said the director of the concert, People’s Artist of Russia Andris Liepa.
The stars of the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky are preparing to take the stage. Diana Vishneva and Denis Savin in eight days, on Zoom, made an offering with Alexei Ratmansky to Maya to the music of Saint-Saens, arranged by Shchedrin.
“When I told Rodion Konstantinovich that it was impossible, he said: Maya Mikhailovna would have done, found a partner. And I say: the schedule, time, quantity – everything is against us, but Maya Mikhailovna could do everything. You see, I got it all – you can’t explain that ten adagios cannot be learned in eight days “,
– shared the prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater, People’s Artist of Russia Diana Vishneva.
Plisetskaya’s costumes are on display in the imperial foyer. Among them is her beloved Carmen. At the gala, four ballerinas will dance the updated Carmen Suite. Olga Smirnova is one of four Carmen.
“The appearance of several ballerinas in the ballet, which she created and is its symbol, suggests that the performance lives on, and afterwards, and it has its own life today and new performers”,
– explained the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater Olga Smirnova.
And in this costume Plisetskaya danced the Bach prelude. Nowadays, few people remember this number. Except for Plisetskaya, no one else performed it. Ekaterina Shipulina and Ruslan Skvortsov prepared him for the gala.
“It existed in two versions: for an orchestra and for an organ. Rodion Konstantinovich insisted that under the organ, so that it was solemn and extremely unusual “,
– says the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater Ekaterina Shipulina.
Gala concert without intermission. Hour forty. Because of the pandemic, many stars went out of the race in just a few days. But as Rodion Shchedrin said, the match will take place in any weather.