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Jun 102013
 

45d8beec2ff7 500x382 Protest organized in Moscows Red Square against the dismissal of Nikolai TsiskaridzeAfter it was announced that the Bolshoi Bal­let will not renew the dan­cing and teach­ing con­tracts with Nikolai Tsis­karidze when they expire at the end of this month, many sup­port­ers have come for­ward. Next Sat­urday, 15 June, a demon­stra­tion in Moscow’s Red Square will protest against his forced depar­ture from the company.

Tsis­karidze claims he is being vic­tim­ized over alleg­a­tions that he was related to the acid attack that nearly blinded its artistic dir­ector, Sergei Filin. The 39-year-old dan­cer has been with the com­pany since 1992.

Bolshoi dir­ector Anatoly Iksanov is said to be furi­ous that Tsis­karidze has openly cri­ti­cized the man­age­ment of the theatre, even sug­gest­ing on pub­lic tele­vi­sion that he should take over the top job.

The deputy head of the board of trust­ees of the Bolshoi Theatre, the President’s Spe­cial Envoy for Inter­na­tional Cul­tural Coöper­a­tion, Mikhail Shvy­dkoy, said Tsiskaridze’s depar­ture was nat­ural as he was in the twi­light of his career, repor­ted RIA Nov­osti.

Shvy­dkoy added,

Three years ago, I said that if I were the dir­ector of the Bolshoi I would not have any­one in the com­pany who was so bit­terly opposed to the Com­pany, and would have fired him.

Sup­port­ers are claim­ing that in their view “the dis­missal Tsis­karidze cause irre­par­able dam­age to Rus­sian bal­let”. The organ­izers of the demon­stra­tion are ask­ing for Tsis­karidze to be allowed to resume his joint roles, and to sign new con­tracts for the next five years.

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