I, Maya Plisetskaya — the legendary Bolshoi ballerina’s memoirs help to explain some of the paradoxes her life embraced, while they shed light on an even greater enigma: the Soviet Union’s curious relationship with its artists.
Florence Foster Jenkins. There are great lessons in that movie for everyone: ie, follow your dream, just do it, and Meryl Streep’s final line in the movie ‘…they might say I can’t sing, but they can never say I didn’t sing.’
New York City Ballet performing Swan Lake at The Met. There was a huge cast of swans in the corps de ballet and the choreography was so clever and mathematic. It’s such a privilege to be able to travel and see world-class ballet, on a regular basis, with my job.
I’m a big Phil Collins fan and I never tire of his music.
The Bridges of Madison County. I thought the acting was sublime and the film really showed the ‘sliding doors’ of life and how, in an instant, everything can change…or not!
Manon, presented by the Royal Ballet, in Covent Garden, London. With stunning choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and a magnificent score by Massenet, this visually breath-taking ballet is my all-time favourite. I’ve been lucky enough to see many companies, all over the world, dance it, from American Ballet Theatre, at the Met in New York, to the Mariinsky Ballet Company in St Petersburg, Russia.
Since I stopped dancing professionally, I rediscovered TV again and now I spend many a happy evening on the couch in front of the box. I love Downton Abbey and I’m also a big fan of Keeping Up Appearances, with Hyacinth Bucket. The recent showing of Smalltown, with Pat Shortt, was wonderful, with incredible acting from all involved, and, of course, I love anything to do with David Attenborough.
I tune in to Neil Prendeville on Red FM to catch up with what’s going on in the city. And Liz Nolan on Lyric FM.
Sylvie Guillem — prima ballerina — Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra.
I’m afraid I’m not a big fan of the celebrity culture, but I did meet Princess Diana once, at a ballet event in the Coliseum in London, shortly before her death. She’s someone I really admired, so it was nice to meet her.
Riding a camel in Tunisia. It was the most uncomfortable (animal) experience of my life, but what a great laugh it was getting on and off the camel. Being a ballet dancer, I tried to dismount gracefully, but pride came before the fall and I went head first into the sand.
Rover boots I bought in Stockholm many years ago. I bought seven pairs of them and I have two left — which I still wear. I love them!
Caitriona Twomey and her team at Cork Penny Dinners. They do amazing work.