Prima ballerina Nadia Makarova who defected from the Soviet Union in September this year, has talked to a reporter about her reasons for coming to the West, and about her recent work in new York.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: REPORTER: " When you defected in the middle of September, did you defect because of professional reasons, or because of political reasons ?"
REPORTER: " Why, what professional reasons?"
MAKAROVA: "Why, well first of all the reasons are professional. I am not in agreement with the arrangements in the world of art in the Soviet Union. This concerns not only ballet, but every branch of art in the Soviet Union. I am in full agreement with Solzenhitzin and other writers and artists in the Soviet Union, who, I think, agree with me in this."
REPORTER: "How do you like in New York?"
MAKAROVA: "It is difficult for the first time, but different from Soviet life with the Kirov company. Too much work to think about the future now." (ends with apology for English: "I am sorry for my mistake")
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Background: Prima ballerina Nadia Makarova who defected from the Soviet Union in September this year, has talked to a reporter about her reasons for coming to the West, and about her recent work in new York.
Miss Makarova, like Rudolf Nureyev a star of the Kirov Ballet, defected from the company in London while it was performing at the Festival Hall. She appeared several times in London before moving to the United States.
Still halting in English, she talked to a reporter in New York with the help of an interpreter, about her work with the American Ballet Theatre.