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Celebrated Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya dies at 89
Celebrated Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya dies at 89

Maya Plisetskaya, the celebrated Russian ballerina famous for her swan-like arms, powerful leaps and rebel spirit on and off the stage, has died. She was 89. The cause of her death Saturday in Munich, Germany, was a heart attack, Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin told the Russian state news agency Tass. Plisetskaya had lived in Germany since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The French ballet critic André Philippe Hersin once summed up her style in three words: “genius, audacity and avant-garde.” Considered the embodiment of the Bolshoi style, she was renowned for passionate performances that contrasted with the ethereal style of many other dancers. Tragic roles were...

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