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Freak Accident Kills Performer at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater

It's thought he was crushed by a descending set piece

(Newser) - A freak accident in Russia killed a performer at Moscow's renowned Bolshoi theater on Saturday. The BBC reports scenery fell on the 36-year-old during a set change for Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Sadko. Yevgeny Kulesh, who had performed at the theater for nearly 20 years, is thought to have...

Bolshoi Dancer Sentenced to 6 Years in Acid Attack

Pavel Dmitrichenko, hit man, driver clearly guilty: judge

(Newser) - Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is headed to prison for six years over an acid attack against Bolshoi Theater artistic director Sergei Filin. The sentence is less than the nine years prosecutors had sought for the dancer known for playing evil roles, the New York Times reports. Dmitrichenko confessed to asking...

Bolshoi Violinist Dies After Fall Into Orchestra Pit

More rough news for Russia's renowned theater

(Newser) - More bad news for the scandal-tinged Bolshoi Theater : A violinist who had been a part of its orchestra for four decades died yesterday after tumbling into the orchestra pit the previous day. The circumstances behind Viktor Sedov's fall have not been revealed, reports the BBC , which adds that a...

Russia Cans Bolshoi Boss Amid Scandal

Anatoly Iksanov offered work at culture ministry

(Newser) - Russia's culture ministry has fired the director general of the scandal-plagued Bolshoi Theater. After a January acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin and amid claims of pimping at the ballet , the country's culture ministry is replacing director general Anatoly Iksanov, the AP reports. Culture minister Vladimir Medinsky...

Bolshoi Ballet Pimped Out Its Dancers: Claim

Fired soloist says girls were forced to sleep with wealthy patrons

(Newser) - If you thought the Bolshoi Ballet scandals would be confined to a single acid attack , well, you'd be wrong. A soloist who last danced with the company a decade ago alleged this weekend that the Bolshoi was "a giant brothel" during her time there, the BBC reports. Anastasia...

At Acid Attack's Center: This Ballerina?

Anzhelina Vorontsova once a rising star under Sergei Filin

(Newser) - A young, ambitious ballerina appears to be at the center of the January acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin, reports the New York Times . Anzhelina Vorontsova, described by the paper as a "luminous blonde," made a splash when she was discovered at 16. Filin brought...

Ballet Villain Cops to Bolshoi Acid Attack

'Ivan the Terrible' plotted attack on director, police say

(Newser) - Did playing Ivan the Terrible go to the head of one of the Bolshoi ballet's star dancers? Russian authorities say Pavel Dmitrichenko, a soloist who danced the title role in the ballet about the ruthless tsar, has confessed to masterminding the acid attack on the Moscow troupe's artistic...

Bolshoi Director to Attackers: I Forgive You

Sergei Filin speaks on Russian TV

(Newser) - The Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director said yesterday that he forgives whoever is behind the acid attack that left him hospitalized and injured in both eyes, Reuters reports. Sergei Filin, 42, spoke in a grainy video link with Russian TV from his hospital room. "I am not going to...

Bolshoi Ballet Director Will See Again After Acid Attack

Ballet believes Filin was attacked because of his work

(Newser) - Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet director attacked with what police have now determined was sulfuric acid, has a long recovery ahead of him but he will not be fully blinded, ballet officials say. A masked attacker threw acid in Filin's face last week and while police say they are...

Acid Thrown in Face of Bolshoi Ballet Director

Sergei Filin may lose his eyesight

(Newser) - The artistic director of the Bolshoi Theater's ballet troupe was splashed with acid and may lose his eyesight in an attack that the Bolshoi said appeared to be linked to struggles for influence at one of the world's most famous ballet companies. Sergei Filin, a 42-year-old former ballet...

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