The Nederlands Dans Theatre perform at the Mariinsky's new theatre, Mariinsky II, tonight. Artistic director Paul Lightfoot talked to Izvestia on his thoughts about the recent Bolshoi scandals. I know Sergei Filin. What happened to him was a terrible tragedy. I hate cruelty and do not understand this act. Ballet is such a beautiful, illuminating artform, a universal language; … [Read more...] about Nederlands Dans Theatre director says the Bolshoi must come together
After 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 … [Read more...] about Protest organized in Moscow’s Red Square against the dismissal of Nikolai Tsiskaridze
Bolshoi Theatre's Nikolai Tsiskaridze, fearing dismissal from the company, refuses to communicate with the press without permission from the Bolshoi's spokesman Katerina Novikova. Tsiskaridze was asked to comment on the fact that the Bolshoi Theatre will not renew the contract with the acting head of the trade union Ruslan Pronin, but Tsiskaridze refused: If Novikova, our … [Read more...] about Nikolai Tsiskaridze falls silent, afraid of dismissal from the Bolshoi
Ex-Bolshoi dancer Anastasia Volochkova and current Bolshoi star and stirrer Nikolai Tsiskaridze have been on Russian television to add even more mud to an already murky pond. The Bolshoi's general manager, Anatoly Iksanov, has said that Volochkova's claims that the company pimped out its ballerinas to rich patrons was "nonsense and dirt". According to Bloomberg, … [Read more...] about Mud will be slung tonight: Tsiskaridze and Volochkova expose prostitution at the Bolshoi
Bolshoi ballet director Sergei Filin tells The New Yorker in detail about those first awful minutes after sulphuric acid was thrown into his face by the no identified attacker: In those first seconds, all I could think was, How can I relieve the pain? The burning was so awful. I tried to move. I fell face first into the snow. I started grabbing handfuls of snow and rubbing it … [Read more...] about Bolshoi’s Sergei Filin: Maybe I will be kissed awake like Sleeping Beauty, by Nikolai Tsiskaridze
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?