Valery Gergiev says he is delighted at the appointment of Nikolay Tsiskaridze as the new head of the historic Vaganova Ballet Academy, but not everyone is so happy.
Diana Vishneva, herself a graduate of the school in St Petersburg, is said to be outraged at the appointment, according to RIA Novosti.
There was no significant reason for changing the leadership of the school, and there was virtually no discussion with any of the ballet circle in St Petersburg. The Principal of the Vaganova Academy should be a person who has necessary preparation for such a post. Let's not forget that the school is first and foremost for children, and its head should be morally blameless. I'd like to believe that this is not the end of a great school.
And if that wasn't plain enough she continued,
The Academy means a lot to the world of ballet, and for me personally. I am painfully aware that this change in leadership of our legendary school could be a bargaining chip in someone's political game, and does not have any relation to the good of the Academy. I am indignant about the unceremonious way in which this replacement has been handled, and I think it's a feeling shared by all those who support the tradition of the Vaganova Academy, who teach in a school, or dance in the leading theatres, and have in their hearts the love of ballet.
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I don’t share negative Diana’s point. Nikolai Tsiskaridze is absolutely brilliant and totally deserves this post of Principal ! I was very happy to hear this news. I wish him good luck and all the best.
Absolutely agree with Diana! Being a distinguished dancer doesn’t qualify to run the Academy.
Especially being a dancer with a poison tongue. Good people were shunted aside to make way for Tsiska, a friend of wives of Duma members. This type of cronyism could ruin the school.
For sure,Georg! He( Nikolai) sounds to have a serious psychological questions………….
Diana, you are my hero! Nikolai Tziskaridze simply can’t be a head of any school after all this staff he was saying. “Morally blameless” – this is obviously not about him. He relentlessly mocked Sergei Filin, the victim of acid attack, calling him a pretender and laughing at his blindness.
But I heard Nikolai is doing a good job. And Gergiev did not change the teachers of VBA.
Always Ney sayers are abound. Leave them in the dust. Time and history will show who are the ones to bow with sorry.