Maurice-Jean Berger masterpiece work of choreography
Ravel decided to write a piece based on the musical form and Spanish dance called bolero. Ravel went to the piano and played a melody with one finger to his friend Gustave Samazeuh, saying "Don't you think this theme has an insistent quality? I'm going to try and repeat it a number of times without any development, gradually increasing the orchestra as best I can."
The dance features a dancer on a tabletop, surrounded by seated men, who slowly participate in the dance, culminating in a climactic union of the dancers atop the table.
Maya Plisetskaya was former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi.