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Ekaterina Maximova passed away this night


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#16 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 10:15 AM

One time I read an obituary on Audrey Hepburn that said that "somewhere beyond the blue she's enchanting the angels".
I'm sure that Miss Maximova is there too, in that "somewhere", enchanting her peers...


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#17 leonid17

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:12 AM

What can I add to the title?



The first time I saw Yekaterina offstage she looked like a pretty young girl who should be at school and not a ballet dancer with one of the world’s great ballet companies.
I was fortunate to see her dance many times and I cherish deep memories of her in many roles. For me Yekaterina Maximova became Katerina, became Phrygia, became Masha, became Kitri and achieved extraordinary success in so many other roles. When I first saw Maximova and her husband who were not too different in age to myself, their extraordinary projection of youth resonated deeply with me. In London she was much loved and with her husband, we were privileged to see performances of one of the great partnerships of the 20th century. Arnold Haskell seeing her dance Don Q pas said that Maximova "...had the wittiest feet since Anna Pavlova."
There is a today headline on http://gazeta.ru/cul...a_2980218.shtml which Ilya posted, which reads, “Yekaterina Maximova - The little elf of the Bolshoi?
Which I found an extremely poignant description of this wonderful childlike woman and great artist.
To her husband Vladimir Vasiliev and her mother I send my sincere condolences and the ballet world for me is a a lesser place than it was yesterday.

#18 zerbinetta

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:46 AM

Didn't they just celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary?

A long romance. A lot to be thankful for.

#19 Drew

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:35 PM

I too am overwhelmed with sadness and cannot think what to write. I hardly saw her at all--just once when she must have been over 50 in a showcase program in Chicago put together by her husband, the great Vasiliev for what seemed to be a pick-up group of dancers. She was breathtaking--not breathtaking "for over fifty," but breathtaking. Vasiliev had designed a pas de deux showcasing her in lift after lift. The piece was very much what I think of as old-style Bolshoi, and her beauty and fluidity were like no "older" ballerina I had ever seen. I give him credit for the canny choreography, but she made the "canny" into a grab-your-heart thrilling work of art. I was there with a non-ballet going friend who was similarly dazzled though she came to the performance with none of my emotional investment in Maximova's earlier career with the Bolshoi.

Since then, through video and youtube, I have had some other indirect exposure to her vivid, beautiful dancing and characterizations in more standard repertory--Nutcracker and Don Quixote. I remember stumbling over a black and white Don Quixote pas de deux solo just a year ago or so via youtube and feeling as if I had been given a sudden illumination, a sort of balletomane vision: "Oh! THAT'S how it's supposed to look." In every video I have ever seen of her, she has, too, an extraordinarily engaging personal quality--she inspires love, as she did that one time I saw her on stage.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:19 PM

Leonid, I was so struck by the same thing. I only saw her live once, when she came to San Francisco ca 1989 with he Moscow Classical Ballet. She danced the pdd from Bejart's Romeo and Juliet and looked 14 years old. (She was roughly 50 at the time). The costume for that is a white unitard and pointe shoes, absolutely unforgiving costume; the house was small, the audience sat close to the stage, there was no place for her to manufacture an illusion except inside herself, and she did nothing that wasn't Juliet.

What a noble talent!

What can I add to the title?



The first time I saw Yekaterina offstage she looked like a pretty young girl who should be at school and not a ballet dancer with one of the world’s great ballet companies.
I was fortunate to see her dance many times and I cherish deep memories of her in many roles. For me Yekaterina Maximova became Katerina, became Phrygia, became Masha, became Kitri and achieved extraordinary success in so many other roles. When I first saw Maximova and her husband who were not too different in age to myself, their extraordinary projection of youth resonated deeply with me. In London she was much loved and with her husband, we were privileged to see performances of one of the great partnerships of the 20th century. Arnold Haskell seeing her dance Don Q pas said that Maximova "...had the wittiest feet since Anna Pavlova."
There is a today headline on http://gazeta.ru/cul...a_2980218.shtml which Ilya posted, which reads, “Yekaterina Maximova - The little elf of the Bolshoi?
Which I found an extremely poignant description of this wonderful childlike woman and great artist.
To her husband Vladimir Vasiliev and her mother I send my sincere condolences and the ballet world for me is a a lesser place than it was yesterday.



#21 Sacto1654

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:36 PM

I am shocked by the sudden passing Ekaterina Maximova. :( She was truly one of the best-known female ballet dancers during the later Soviet era in Russia, and was BELOVED on both sides of the Iron Curtain because she was a huge favorite among Western ballet fans from the Bolshoi tours of the West in the 1960's, 1970's and early 1980's.

#22 ngitanjali

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:39 PM

She's dancing in Heaven right now, I'm sure of it.

#23 Mikhail

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:11 PM

http://www.bolshoi.r...x.php?id26=1220

The official diagnosis is not published yet. People from the Bolshoi tell that Maximova died in a sleep, probably because of a heart insufficiency. Her mother found her dead in a bed. Thus, Tatiana Gustavovna Shpett-Maximova (now 94) took care of her famous daughter all her life, until the very end. So sad.

We will go to Bolshoi tomorrow morning at 10 am MSK to tell Katya our Last Farewell. She always was in my life from the time I started to watch ballets. Да будет земля ей пухом (can this be translated as "let the ground be light for her as down"?).

#24 Mashinka

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 01:10 AM

the ballet world for me is a a lesser place than it was yesterday.


That's exactly how I feel too, the brightest of lights in the ballet world has been extinguished.

#25 duffster

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 08:52 AM

Ekaterina was the first ballerina I ever saw in a live performance. I was 11 yrs old. She was dancing in a fulllength Don Q with her husband Vasiliev. I still remember to this day, her tremendous warmth and joy in her dancing. Ekaterina RIP

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 09:20 AM

HOW SAD :(

I saw her in Bolshoi Theater - in Nutcracker and in Anjuta. It was absolutely magical!

She was truly noble ballerina.

My sincere condolences to her mother and to her husband.

Ekaterina, rest in peace.

#27 Rosa

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 02:58 PM

A series of photos from Maximova's funeral is at Yahoo news.

http://news.yahoo.co...b335b349434b868

#28 Lidewij

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 12:07 AM

There is also something on youtube about her funeral:

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 01:35 PM

There don’t seem to have been any updates regarding the cause of death, which was not reported. I do recall reading years ago an article that said Maximova had once attempted suicide. I hope that did not happen here. (Not intended to encourage speculation, please note, just a comment.)

Lovely dancer. Rest in peace.

#30 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 06:29 PM

I do recall reading years ago an article that said Maximova had once attempted suicide.


Wow...I didn't know that.


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