Maurice Bejart created his work ‘Bolero’ for Plisetskaya. Sylvie Guillem then famously recreated it.
Here are both versions: [Above] Maya Plisetskaya, ‘Bolero’, choreography Maurice Bejart music by Ravel:
Sylvie Guillem performs ‘Bolero’ by Bejart:
When I was young, Ulanova was dancing. Now Plisetskaya, who was to succeed her, has died, and Sylvie Guillem is soon to retire. It is true that a person of beauty is a joy forever, but my debt for being a witness during the lives of these supreme artists is to encourage the next generation to rise up. Art is never finished. I hope that Slvie Guillem will go on to teach or even to choreograph.
Art requires a life of dedication and discipline. There is simply no new gadget which can speed up the process of a great talent maturing. Talent is a gift and a mystery, but hard training is not. I am a bit sorry that our sense of history has become so brief, so now. An artist needs a long perspective.
Maya Plisetskaya, La Rose Malade:
Plisetskaya, Mahler, ‘The Death of the Rose’:
Plisetskaya, ‘The Dying Swan.
The Dying Swan, Anna Pavlova and Vera Karalli 1907 and 1914:
Plisetskaya meets Bach:
Maya in ‘Don Quixote” 1959
Sylvie Guillem at 22 in Swan Lake.
Who will follow in such toe steps?