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Russia: World-renowned Bolshoi ballerina Plisetskaya dies00:53

Russia: World-renowned Bolshoi ballerina Plisetskaya dies

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 3, 2015 at 01:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

All was quiet outside Moscow's iconic Bolshoi Theatre on Saturday, after it was announced that Maya Plisetskaya, one of the theatre's most prolific dancers, had died of a heart attack in Munich in Germany.

Plisetskaya is a former prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi Theatre who retired as a soloist only in 1990, at the age of 65. Her trademark piece was The Dying Swan, but she also had lead parts in Swan Lake , Spartacus, and The Sleeping Beauty.

From the 1990s she split her time between Russia and Europe. It was her husband, pianist and composer Rodion Shchedrin, who announced the news of Plisetskaya's death.

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All was quiet outside Moscow's iconic Bolshoi Theatre on Saturday, after it was announced that Maya Plisetskaya, one of the theatre's most prolific dancers, had died of a heart attack in Munich in Germany.

Plisetskaya is a former prima ballerina assoluta of the Bolshoi Theatre who retired as a soloist only in 1990, at the age of 65. Her trademark piece was The Dying Swan, but she also had lead parts in Swan Lake , Spartacus, and The Sleeping Beauty.

From the 1990s she split her time between Russia and Europe. It was her husband, pianist and composer Rodion Shchedrin, who announced the news of Plisetskaya's death.

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