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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

In Context: A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya

For decades, the legendary Maya Plisetskaya—muse to choreographers Yuri Grigorovich, Alberto Alonso, and Maurice BĂ©jart—was synonymous with Russian ballet. Now, prima ballerinas Diana Vishneva and Uliana Lopatkina pay tribute to Plisetskaya in four distinctive ballet programs Feb 25—28, part of year two of the Mariinsky’s residency at BAM. Context is everything, so get even closer to the program with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #MariinskyBAM.

Program Notes

The Mariinsky at BAM (PDF)


“Honoring Maya Plisetskaya” (BAM Blog)
She was a symbol of Soviet Russia. Yet with “wild pantherine leaps” and fans that included Jackie Kennedy, her dancing transcended politics.

“Maya Plisetskaya: A Life in Art” (
The remarkable Plisetskaya was a “star that drew the most remarkable people of her time into her orbit.”

“Diana Vishneva: It’s Not My Wish to Run The Bolshoi” (The Guardian)
Though thoroughly associated with Russia, Vishneva is one of the most cosmopolitan ballerinas of her generation.

Watch & Listen

The Mariinsky Theatre
Take a virtual tour of the famous concert hall, read about the theater's history, and more.

The Mariinsky Label
Drawing on the theatre's rich legacy, the Mariinsky Label showcases the company's extraordinary talent with new recordings of both iconic and lesser-known works.

An Uliana Lopatkina Documentary (
Spectacular footage of a ballerina at work.

“Diana Vishneva: Pivotal Pointe” (YouTube)
“Dancing has become a necessity,” says Vishneva. “It’s my nature, it’s who I am. I simply don’t exist without dancing.”

Uliana Lopatkina performs The Dying Swan (YouTube)
Unrivaled grace, from wing to toe.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Does Plisetskaya’s flame have new keepers in Vishneva and Lopatkina? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #MariinskyBAM.


  1. Program B (February 26) was absolutely stunning - exquisite and precious. Uliana Lopatkina is statuesque perfection, Maria Shirinkina - a true Sylphide defying gravity, Ekaterina Osmolkina and Maxim Zuyzin exuding passion as Zobeide and the Golden Slave from "Scheherazade" are a feast to the eyes in the costumes designed by L. Bakst. Unfortunately, we were not able to see pa de deux of Colombine and Harlequin from "Le Carnaval" due to an injury to Alexei Popov, but each and every number of the program shown was unique and beyond praise. It's a bliss to witness the unfading triumph of the Mariinsky ballet!

  2. It was superb - ballet as it should be which is very rare today. All the dancers were perfection. It was a most wonderful, beautiful experience.


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