The exhibition Everything Began with a Fouetté is timed to the 75th anniversary since the birth of the famous ballerina Yekaterina Maksimova.
The exposition dedicated to the prima of the Bolshoi Theatre will be opened in the Bakhrushin Theatre Museum in Moscow from January 25.
The exposition starts from her childhood: there are photos and other archive materials about her studies in the Moscow Choreography School. They also tell about her participation in performances and concerts of the Bolshoi Theater in the course of her studies. The next stage is mature creative life of the ballerina, including her ballet tours and repertoire. Among the rare exhibits there is the only oil painting made by Yekaterina Maksimova in all her life. The painting created in the 1960s is titled Behind the Scenes before Taking Stage in Don Quixote. The exhibition closes with the ballerina’s make-up room.
Yekaterina Maksimova is an illustrious Russian ballerina, well-known in Russia and abroad. A student of the legendary Galina Ulanova, she danced for many years on stage of the Bolshoi Theater and played the leads in ballets staged by Maurice Béjart and some other foreign choreographers. From 1982 she taught at the Choreography Department of GITIS. Yekaterina Maksimova died on April 28, 2009.
The exhibition will run till February 23.
Author: Vera Ivanova