Pavel Dmitrichenko, the Bolshoi dancer imprisoned on suspicion of instigating the acid attack against artistic director Sergei Filin, said he denied planning the assault during an audience in Moscow yesterday. He told the court that he'd told his 'accomplice' Yury Zarutsky, to hit Filin, but nothing more. I did not imagine that this person [Zarutsky] was capable of such a … [Read more...] about Bolshoi soloist’s pretrial detention extended in acid attack case
Tamara Rojo is at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as one of the judges for this year's Benois de la danse, the ballet Oscars. Maria Sidelnikova from Kommersant took the opportunity to talk to her. She asked Rojo why she'd left the Royal Ballet. I've reached a point in my career, when I think it is important for me to express my own opinions. Of course, I respect the views of … [Read more...] about Interview with Tamara Rojo
Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko, who has admitted organising the attack on director Sergei Filin in January, has said that one of his principal motives was that his partner Anzhelina Vorontsova was being passed over for the top roles. According to an inside source at the Bolshoi, we've heard that Vorontsova had been romantically involved with Felin in the past. The Times … [Read more...] about Acid attacker’s partner was ex-girlfriend of Bolshoi director Sergei Filin?
If you can get past the 'special effects' - and it's worth it - this is a rare document of the seven movements of Kasyan Goleizovsky's ballet Scriabiniana (to the music of... Scriabin) It was filmed in 1972 on the Bolshoi stage with Ekaterina Maximova and other members of the company. Scriabiniana (1972) Filmed at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Choreography: Kasyan … [Read more...] about First Youtube videos of Goleizovsky’s ballet ‘Scriabiniana’ filmed in 1972 with Maximova and Bolshoi dancers
La Scala ballet has become the first foreign company to perform on the renovated stage of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. On Thursday, La Scala ballet dancers stunned the Moscow public with the theatre’s signature ballet Excelsior, composed in 1881, says The Voice of Russia. The ballet, choreographed by Luigi Manzotti, shows the master’s understanding of technological … [Read more...] about La Scala ballet excels on new Bolshoi stage
Last night disco queen Gloria Gaynor performed at Crocus City Hall in Moscow. The 63-year-old singer talked to The Moscow Times: “It’s wonderful that I have become so popular in Russia in the last few years. I have performed for Russians in America, in Italy and in Germany. It’s a kind of love affair going on.” Gaynor's “I Will Survive” is the disco anthem, though after … [Read more...] about Gloria Gaynor surviving in Moscow
Under the Romanovs, the theatre served as the backdrop to coronations of Russian tsars from Alexander II to Nikolai II. Though Lenin maneuvered to have the imperial symbol blown up in 1919, it was retained as a cultural icon and highlevel political meeting place, replacing the tsarist double-headed eagle above the stage with a hammer and sickle. But the Soviet era left the … [Read more...] about First the Bolshoi theatre is restored – now the singers?
The new soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre ballet company, American David Hallberg, has started rehearsals in Russia. His début on the Bolshoi stage will be in Giselle on November 4. Sergei Filin, the head of the Bolshoi Ballet, who invited the 29-year-old American to Moscow, said in an interview for The Voice of Russia: I’d like to underline his strong wish to fit in with the … [Read more...] about David Hallberg and Sergei Filin speak from Moscow
The jewelry from seven husbands. The wardrobe of a '60s jet-setter. The memorabilia of a Hollywood icon, including a love poem by Bob Dylan that he scrawled on a framed publicity poster of himself and dedicated to "Elizabeth, Sweetheart, Dream angel, Queen-of-the world." These are among more than 2,000 objects that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor and are being auctioned by … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Taylor’s memorabilia returns to LA before the Christie’s auction
"The word is out. I will be joining the Bolshoi as a premier, marking an important step in my career and the Bolshoi's history. It has been and will be an unforgettable ride, full of challenges and hopefully triumphs as well. I am so thrilled and honored... upwards and onwards." … [Read more...] about David Hallberg’s Twitter comments on going to the Bolshoi