Maya Plisetskaya was born in Moscow into a prominent Jewish family. She went to school in Spitsbergen, where her father worked as an engineer and mine director.
In 1938, her father was executed during the Stalinist purges, possibly because he had hired a friend who had been a secretary to Leon Tro
ODC/Dance is known throughout the world for its athleticism, passion and intellectual depth. The Company's three resident choreographers, Brenda Way, KT Nelson, and Kimi Okada, are considered among America's major contemporary choreographers and have created a dynamic movement vocabulary over the las
In 1931 the audience rose in tribute as Saint Sa'ns' music from "The Dying Swan" played to an empty stage. Anna Pavlova had just died of pleurisy. On her deathbed, she issued one last request: "Bring my swan costume." By the end of her illustrious career, the swan had become her emblem. One stunning
Michel Fokine approached the still-youthful art of ballet with fresh insight, revitalizing a form that had become saturated with spectacle. In 1898, after joining the Maryinsky Ballet, Fokine found himself dissatisfied with his beloved art form. It had been reduced to a circus act, as dancers showed