…suddenly, at 71 years of age. This Bolshoi Ballet ‘baby’, who developed into a marvelous tragic actress, a ballerina of the Thaw, the glory of Russian ballet, the ornament and pride of any foreign company with which she appeared, the dancer of Grigorovich, Bejart, Petit, Lacotte, a television star, charm personified, the eternal feminine component of the immortal Maximova-Vasiliev duet, beloved by her pupils at the Bolshoi and Kremlin Ballet, Madame No (such was her nickname), who said a firm ‘yes’ forever to the art form she chose, - this woman for all time. The motto of Yekaterina Maximova’s emblem is “Art thanks to skill”. She was a living example, the very epitome of these words. The Bolshoi Theatre mourns its great loss and offers its condolences to Yekaterina’s mother, Tatyana Maximova, and her husband – Vladimir Vasiliev.