Bolshoi Ballet

An interesting twist has come out of the horrific attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin—for the first time in history, a woman is in charge of the iconic Russian ballet company. Former principal Galina Stepanenko will serve as acting director while Filin recovers. How long that recovery will take is unclear right now as Filin continues to undergo surgery on his eyes and face.

Ballet politics turned ugly yesterday: Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin was attacked outside his home last night. A masked man threw a bottle of acid at his face. It's been reported that Filin's eyesight might be compromised and he will need extensive plastic surgery for his face. After a 15-hour operation in Moscow, Filin was flown to Brussels, Belgium this morning for special burns treatment. Doctors say his recovery may take up to six months.

 

Joy Womack just signed a contract with the Bolshoi Ballet, becoming the first American woman ever to dance for the iconic Russian company. The historic move is especially significant because Joy wasn't always a prodigy destined for ballet greatness. As a teenager at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, she was actually told she didn't have enough turnout or flexibilty, and was asked to leave the school.

The New York Times just reported that David Hallberg, currently a principal with American Ballet Theatre, just signed a contract with the Bolshoi Ballet as a principal dancer for the 2011-2012 season. (The story even made the newspaper's homepage!) Hallberg will be the first American ever to join the Russian company. Read the full story here.

 

Published November 20, 2009
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