Russian ballet icon awarded Legion of Honour
Russia’s ballet star Maya Plisetskaya has been decorated with the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.
As he spoke at an award ceremony in Moscow, French Ambassador to Russia Jean de Gliniasty said that for him Maya Plisetskaya had come to personify grace, beauty, talent and courage which are inherent in the Russian soul.
Plisetskaya also received the Order of Arts.
Addressing the participants in the ceremony, the Russian prima ballerina said that she had numerous ties with France having worked with a number of prominent French choreographers, such as Roland Petit and Maurice Bejart, who had written four ballets for her.
“All my costumes and dresses come from Pierre Cardin,” Plisetskaya said.
The Order of the Legion of Honour is the highest national award in France.
About 150 Russians have become holders of the Order for today. ...