The year ballet wept… jealousy & rivalry at the Bolshoi


So 29-year-old Bolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko will go to prison for six years, and his career obviously ends here. His biography has been taken down from the company’s website and soon his picture will disappear from the ‘leading soloists’ page. What a lot of damage he’s caused: to himself, the international reputation of the Bolshoi company and […]

Meanwhile in Russia… Vaganova & Bolshoi latest

Russian ballet

The Russian Ministry of Culture announced this morning that there would be an external inspection of the organisation of St Petersburg’s Vaganova Ballet Academy. It will examine the economic and educational structure for irregularities after “”the emergence of numerous items in the media, which refer to procedural violations at the Vaganova Academy”. Though, bizarrely, the Ministry […]

Bolshoi dancer beaten up by police

Pavel Dmitrichenko

Pavel Dmitrichenko, the Bolshoi Soloist accused of organising the attack on the company’s director, Sergei Filin, was beaten up by masked police as he was taken back to prison following a pre-trial hearing. According to Izvestia,  he was beaten by three police officers without apparent reason. Dmitrichenko was handcuffed, but they held him against a wall […]

Russian Culture Minister confirms that Tsiskaridze will return to the Bolshoi


The Russian Minister of Culture has confirmed that Nikolay Tsiskaridze will perform for the last time on the Bolshoi’s stage in performances of The Nutcracker, leading up to his fortieth birthday on 31 December. At a meeting of the Theatre Workers’ Union this morning, the minister Vladimir Medina, together with Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin, said that these would be […]

Sergei Filin returns to the Bolshoi


Sergei Filin’s surprise appearance at the end of the Bolshoi’s performance of Jewels at the Royal Opera House in London was emotional for Bolshoi dancers and London audience alike. The Bolshoi’s Onegin, which premièred in Moscow last month, came about after Filin’s long negotiations with Cranko’s heir, Dieter Graefe. And so it was with Jewels, […]