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Russian ballet legend Maya Plisetskaya died

May 4, 2015 09:35 IST

Legendary Russian ballerinas Maya Plisetskaya died on 2 May 2015 in Munich, Germany. She was 89.

She is survived by her husband and brother, Azari Plisetsky, a retired dancer.

Plisetskaya born in Moscow on 20 November 1925 was considered as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. She danced for half a century and her modern choreography and performances charged with eroticism flouted Soviet convention.

She was an international face of Russia’s Bolshoi Theater. She joined the ballet company in 1943 at the age of 18 and became the Bolshoi's prima ballerina in 1960. Later, she retired as a soloist in 1990 at the age of 65.

The Soviet and Russian ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet director, and actress, published her autobiography, I, Maya Plisetskaya in 1994.

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