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Persian Slave Girl Dance

Maya Plisetskaya in the famous Dance of the Persian Slave from Khovanshchina, Mussorgsky’s masterpiece. Apologies for the poor quality of the video – it’s from a very old VHS.

The original poster loved how strange her make-up is, and the mysterious moment when she releases the small bird. At the end, she has to fend off the evil, drunken Prince Khovansky.