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  • Actors: Maya Plisetskaya
  • Format: Anamorphic, Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2006
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0VNQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Maya Plisetskaya was born in Moscow in 1925 and studied at the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet School, becoming a principal dancer with the Bolshoi on graduating in 1943. She became prima ballerina in 1962, and after being excluded for political reasons many years from tours to the West, she was finally in 1959 allowed to join the American tour with the Bolshoi. She soon gained recognition as one of the world's foremost ballerinas, combining flawless technique with a sensitivity to emotional nuance and becoming the first to truly understand how to combine outstanding dance skills with dramatic expression. This documentary features footage of her greatest successes as a ballerina together with an interview in which Plisetskaya describes her life as a dancer, from Stalin to perestroika, giving an insight into the life of an artist in this extraordinary chapter of Russian history.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 May 2009
Format: DVD
Mainly black & white, here are a dozen excerpts danced by a "prima ballerina assoluta" of the Bolshoi Ballet who, when she was finally permitted to travel abroad in 1959, changed the world of ballet forever, setting the bar higher for ballerinas everywhere, both in terms of technical brilliance and dramatic presence.

However, 9 of these segments are available on two other DVDs. 6 are taken from a marvelous black-and-white, 70-minute documentary film originally released in 1964 with the title "Maya Plisetskaya", then released as a DVD in 2003 with the title "Plisetskaya Dances". These excerpts are from the ballets:
1) Romeo and Juliet (irritatingly choppy bits)
2) Swan Lake
3) Don Quixote
4) her iconic Dying Swan
5) Laurencia
6) Walpurgis Night.

These other 3 selections are also on the DVD "Carmen Suite":
7) Carmen (here only a few minutes, whilst the other DVD offers the full 40 minutes)
8) Prelude (Bach - almost 10 minutes)
9) Raymonda (a few fragments)
(also her iconic Dying Swan is repeated in the "Carmen Suite" DVD).

The only new releases here are the following 3 selections:
10) Spartacus: the pas de deux, a bad color take which is obviously not from the 1964 film but I have never seen Maya dance so awkwardly - I can hardly believe it's actually her.
11) Isadora
12) Bolero de Ravel (choreographed by Maurice Bejart and recorded in 1977 when Maya, aged over 50, is still absolutely incredible).

This DVD is divided in two parts: the dance part is just over an hour and mainly B&W whilst the second half, in colour, offers "Maya Plisetskaya in Conversation", a more recently recorded documentary in which the diva and her husband, the composer Rodion Schedrin, talk about her long career. Over 80, still as beautiful and lively as ever, still every inch a ballerina, Maya recounts her legendary career.

Again, for a balletomane it is a privilege to have this DVD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Juls on 13 May 2006
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The DVD consists of 2 parts - the first part is composed of famous leading roles performed by Maya Plisetskaya; the second part - is interview with Diva recorederd probably in 90s.

You will get a chance to witness the greatest Russian ballerina in "Death of the Swan", "Don Quixote"," Raymonda", the ballets that made her famous and admirable around the globe. You will also appreciate her wit, charm and eloquency. She is a very brave, outspoken and beautiful women.
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By K.C.Terry on 16 Jun. 2015
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
A new DVD? 25 Feb. 2006
By Marcial Fernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This newly released DVD has 12 selections danced by this genius of the 20th centry ballet, 9 of which have been available on two other DVDs for a while.
6 of these selections are taken from a marvelous black-and-white, 70-minute documentary film originally released in 1964 with the title "Maya Plisetskaya", then released on DVD format in 2003 with the title "Plisetskaya Dances". The excerpts are from the ballets:
1) Romeo and Juliet.
2) Swan Lake.
3) Don Quixote.
4) The Dying Swan.
5) Laurencia.
6) Walpurgis Night.
The other 3 selections are from a 1973 color movie, released on DVD not long ago with the title "Carmen Suite":
7) Carmen
8) Prelude (Bach).
9) Raymonda.
The only new releases on DVD format that we can find in "Maya Plisetskaya, Diva of Dance" are the following 3 selections:
10) Spartacus: the pas de deux, a color take which is obviously not from the 1964 film.
11) Isadora.
12) Bolero de Ravel.
For those who already have the other 2 DVDs, this "new" DVD is worthy only for the last 2 excerpts, "Isadora" and "Bolero", and for the second half of the DVD, which brings "Maya Plisetskaya in Conversation", a recently recorded documentary in which the diva and her husband, the composer Rodion Schedrin, talk about her long career.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A common man's point of view. 17 Nov. 2009
By Richard Rawls - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Just the picture on the cover of the booklet accompanying this DVD is almost worth it's cost. If not, then her 20 minute ballet of "Bolero" certainly is.

Be advised that one reviewer incorrectly stated the Russian language interviews of her and her husband Rodion Shchedrin have no English subtitles. The subtitles are accessible from the main menu, and most likely, from the DVD player remote control.

There are many things about this DVD that make it 5 star quality. Two are listed in my first sentence. Another is the rarity of any recordings of this remarkable ballerina who has been awarded the very highest honors by a fairly stingy Russian hierarchy. One, Prima Ballerina Assoluta among others. I guarantee you wont be able to keep from smiling along with her as she reminisces on some of her happier remembrances, and you might tear up with her as she describes an occasion when she was invited by actor Jean Vilar to dance at a ballet festival in France, and during the performance it was announced that Jean Vilar had died suddenly. She tells us that her "Dying Swan" ballet was being dedicated to him. The event was outdoors and during her dance it began to rain. She was soaked, the audience was getting soaked, her tutu was sagging, and she said, "It was as if tears were falling from the sky". She doesn't know exactly how many times she has danced "The dying Swan", but thinks it would be 20,000 to 30,000 times. Think about that.

I admire Maya Plisetskaya. When she hummed the tune from Raymonda, I had to get it out to watch the entire ballet. It didn't star Maya, but it starred a contemporary of hers, Irina Kolpakova, whom Maya mentions in her autobiography. Even though this DVD has dances repeated on other "Maya" DVDs it is worth having.......Richard.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Andromeda 21 Jun. 2006
By Andromeda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD about the dance legend is beautiful to watch, especially the interview with this still beautiful woman and how she feels about dancing. She lives through dancing and she makes dancing live, as only a handful of people can do. It is fortunate we have a record of this piece of ballet history.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
one of the finest compilations 3 April 2011
By wascawywabbit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
ONE OF THE FINEST COMPILATIONS OF ONE OF THE GREATEST PRIMA BALLERINAS TO COME OUT OF RUSSIA.EARLY CLIPS IN BLACK AND WHITE ARE TO BE EXPECTED.
ALSO MANY MOMENTS FROM SOVIET BLACK & WHITE TELEVISION. DO NOT LET THIS DETER YOU. WHAT YOU ARE GETTING IS BLACK & WHITE SOLID GOLD ., THE LAST PIECE (IN COLOR), SHOWS EARLY EXAMPLES OF RUSSIAN EXPERIMENTAL DANCE. ITS UP TO THE INDIVIDUALS TASTE WHETHER TO ENJOY IT , OR NOT.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary 30 Aug. 2010
By Helena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I love Maya Plisetskaya dancing. The most striking performance in this DVD from my point of view is Don Quixote. It seems as she comes to your seat and grabs you by the tie (if I was wearing one). Superb.
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