Friday, February 18, 2011

Maya Plisetskaya

Dancing so beautifully at age 61, the inimitable Maya Plisetskaya.

She lived and danced with strength that defied the norm and created new standards in the world of ballet. In this video we see such poise, but this is a woman whose father was executed and mother shipped off to a Gulag during the Stalin regime, and who was held captive by her own country because of her heritage and being outspoken against the tyranny of her country's leaders, only let out to be a beautiful example of Russian talent.

This video and her story I find so incredibly inspiring. We all face adversity in life, some more than others, and it is how we deal with it that truly defines who we are.

Here is another sample of her work. Such a thing of beauty...

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