"The Bolshoi’s Spinning Dance of Power"

 
Credit: Christina Hagerfors

The New York Times
The Opinion Pages
By Simon Morrison - November 25, 2013
 

Moscow’s renowned Bolshoi Theater is in crisis. Last January, Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi, was almost blinded when distilled car battery acid was thrown in his face outside of his apartment. Pavel Dmitrichenko, a mercurial soloist who harbored a grudge against Filin for failing to cast his ballerina girlfriend in choice roles, confessed to organizing the assault — then recanted. His trial is now underway, but it seems a foregone conclusion that he will be convicted and sentenced to a dozen or more years in the penal colonies...