One of the most celebrated dancers of the twentieth century is being honoured in Moscow this weekend. Maya Plisetskaya would have been 90 on Friday, but the ballerina died in May. Moscow’s Bolshoi theatre has pushed ahead with performances that Plisetskaya herself was helping to organise. Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports.
The Bolshoi ballet’s general director, Anatoly Iksanov, dismissed as “nonsense and dirt” claims by ex-ballerina Anastasia Volochkova that dancers were pimped out to wealthy patrons as infighting escalated. Volochkova appeared on a show on state TV aired at the weekend alongside Iksanov’s rival, the ballet’s principal dancer, Nikolai Tsiskaridze. She said the practice was now… Continue reading Bolshoi Head Dismisses Ex-Ballerina’s Pimping Claims
Fang Mengying and Huang Zhen rehearse at the Universal Ballet Company in western Seoul last week. It is the dream of many ballet dancers to pursue a career in France or Russia, home to some of the oldest companies in the world. But some Asian dancers have come to Korea to develop their careers, as… Continue reading Chinese dancers pursue ‘Korean dreams’
The New York Times have published three articles about the Bolshoi acid attack: A dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet and two other men have confessed to carrying out an acid attack in January on the company’s artistic director, Sergei Filin, a crime that gripped Moscow and left one of Russia’s most revered institutions in turmoil,… Continue reading Russian Police Say Dancer and Two Others Confess to Bolshoi Attack
The artistic director of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, Sergei Filin, is being treated in a Moscow hospital for severe burns to his face after a masked man threw acid in his face, police say. The attack happened late on Thursday as Mr Filin, an award-winning ballet star, was walking home in central Moscow. Doctors are now… Continue reading Russian Bolshoi arts director Filin hurt by acid attack