News: Meeting the Bolshoi Ballet

Tuesday 9 July 2013 by Sarah Kearney

Mark Monahan visited the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow to meet the dancers and directors to see how the company is dealing with recent events and their preparation for their season at the Royal Opera House.

It has, then, been a dark period for the Bolshoi, and it is not over yet. Only last month the company announced that it would not be renewing the contract of the senior dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze – long the most outspoken critic of the current administration – when it expired at the end of June. No specific reason was given. Moreover, Dmitri­chenko’s apparent guilt continues to be disputed by many in the company.

Still, the company I encounter in Moscow appears to be one dusting itself down with infinite professionalism and not an ounce of self-pity. The loyalty of all of those I encounter (to their institution, their colleagues and Filin) feels if anything galvanised, and, to judge by Swan Lake, we have a treat in store when the Bolshoi reaches us later this month. Mark Monahan

For the full article read: Mark Monahan, Telegraph, 8 July.13

Clement Crisp, in the Financial Times, explains that rivalries and tensions within the company are not a new occurance,

“We do not know the extent, or even the nature, of the causes. But dancers’ careers are short and the enclosed world of a great ensemble, with an ethic that insists on extreme physical attainment, can breed a sense of injustice, of favouritism, and wholly unbalanced responses. “

For the full article read: Clement Crisp, Financial Times, 5 July.13

Anatoly Iksanov, the theatre’s director general, has been fired by the Russian culture minister:
Guardian, 9 July.13
Independent, 9 July.13

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