I’ve found just two obituaries of Bessmertnova so far, presumably because as her death was so untimely, none had been written about her in advance. The BBC’s is purely factual without offering opinions.
Unfortunately the writer of the anonymous obit in The Telegraph seems to be using the tragic death of his wife as an opportunity to make snide criticisms of Yuri Grigorovich. That is just not on in my book and in very poor taste under the circumstances.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jh ... db2002.xml
Perhaps a dislike of Grigorovich’s ballets was the reason for this howler:
………the spectacularly acrobatic overhead lifts which became Grigorovich's trademark, particularly noted in Spartacus, in which at one point the heroine Phrygia resembles a starfish balancing on Spartacus's outstretched hand.
Quite wrong. The very distinctive ‘starfish lift’ is performed by Aegina and Crassus, the ballet’s villains, and not by Phrygia and Spartacus.
Nor did I like the assertion that:
For British balletomanes she acquired added interest on tours in the 1980s by virtue of her virile and much younger partner, Irek Mukhamedov, the spectacular new Bolshoi star who revitalised her career in her mid-forties………….
Wasn’t it the other way round? I would have thought that it was dancing with Bessmertnova that enhanced his
career rather than him adding kudos to someone considered a world great for over two decades.