Plisetskaya, Maya. (1925–2015) [Roslavleva, Natalia. (1907–1977)]
Signed Russian Biography
Soviet Union: [Russian Publishing House]. 1968. First edition.
8vo. 108 pp. plus 86 full page black and white photographs. Original white cloth boards, with dustjacket showing full image of the great dancer. Front joint weak, jacket rather worn, otherwise in very good condition. Boldly signed "Maya Plisetskaya" in blue ink on the title-page.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th Century, Plisetskaya danced during the Soviet era at the same time as the great Galina Ulanova, and took over from her as principal of the Bolshoi in 1960. On her 80th birthday, the Financial Times wrote of her: "She was, and still is, a star, ballet's monstre sacre, the final statement about theatrical glamour, a flaring, flaming beacon in a world of dimly twinkling talents, a beauty in the world of prettiness."