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Russia picks Bolshoi star fired in acid row to run top school

Russia on Monday appointed outspoken ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze to head its top dance school after he was dismissed by the Bolshoi in a row over an acid attack on its artistic director. Tsiskaridze, a former principal dancer at the Bolshoi, will head the Vaganova Ballet Academy in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg -- one of the world's oldest and famed for its impeccable classical technique.

Bolshoi ballet dancer denies guilt at acid attack trial

By Maria Tsvetkova and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko denied any guilt as he went on trial on Tuesday over an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet. Dmitrichenko, 29, was led into a Moscow courtroom in handcuffs to face trial for the assault last winter that exposed bitter rivalries behind the scenes at one of Russia's great cultural institutions.

Bolshoi ballet dancer to stand trial over acid attack

By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko, who made his name on stage at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, goes on trial on Tuesday for an acid attack that nearly blinded the ballet's artistic director. Dmitrichenko, 29, is accused of organizing the assault on Sergei Filin early this year which exposed bitter rivalries behind the scenes at one of Russia's greatest cultural institutions.

Bolshoi dancer goes on trial over acid attack

A Bolshoi dancer accused of organising a horrific acid attack against the famed Moscow ballet company's artistic director went on trial Wednesday, with hearings expected to shed more light on infighting inside the troupe. Soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko faces up to 12 years in prison after being charged with planning a January assault against his former boss Sergei Filin. He is being held in detention along with Yury Zarutsky -- accused of flinging a mix of sulfuric acid and urine in Filin's face -- and a driver who drove the assailant to the scene named Andrei Lipatov.

Ballet director returns to Russia's Bolshoi after acid attack

By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Wearing dark glasses over his damaged eyes, artistic director Sergei Filin returned to the Bolshoi Ballet on Tuesday to guide its troupe through a new season, eight months after he was nearly blinded in an acid attack. The attack on Filin, who returned to Russia at the weekend after seven months of treatment at a clinic in Germany, exposed bitter rivalries at Russia's premier cultural institution, where Filin had the power to make or break careers.

Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso wins Spanish prize

Toledo, Spain, Sep 17 (EFE).- The Teatro de Rojas in Toledo, a city in central Spain, granted Tuesday the Special Prize in the 22nd edition of its awards to Alicia Alonso, director of the National Ballet of Cuba. The Toledo theater chose to honor Alonso as one of the most consequential personalities in the history of dance and one of the leading figures of international classical ballet. Alicia Alonso, born in Havana and a professional dancer since 1938, has been awarded, among other prizes, the Fine Arts Gold Medal of Merit from Spain's king and queen.

Bolshoi acid attack victim in London for ballet tour

The artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi ballet Sergei Filin, battling for his eyesight after an acid attack in January, has left his clinic in Germany to visit London for the company's tour, a report said Monday. The Izvestia daily said on its website that Filin had arrived in London from his clinic in the German city of Aachen to support the company during its three week residency at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Russian Bolshoi acid attack victim may return to work next month

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Sergei Filin, the artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi ballet who nearly lost his sight when a masked attacker threw acid in his face six months ago, said on Thursday he hoped to be back at work next month. The attack on January 17 shocked Russians and revealed the bitter turf wars being fought within the walls of the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre in central Moscow.

Bolshoi artistic director plans comeback after acid attack

The Bolshoi ballet's artistic director Sergei Filin said Thursday he hopes to return to work in Moscow in September even though his eyesight is still extremely limited after an attacker splashed acid in his face. Speaking to Russia's Channel One television, Filin, wearing dark glasses and holding his wife's hand, said that if his vision continues to improve, "in mid-September I will be able to return to work and I will be able to open the season at the Bolshoi Theatre."

Russia fires Bolshoi Theatre director after scandals

Russian officials on Tuesday announced the sacking of Bolshoi Theatre director Anatoly Iksanov following a series of scandals including the horrific January acid attack on its artistic director. "Without question, the (Bolshoi) theatre needs renewal," Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky reporters. "Our actions are not spontaneous." The long-serving theatre head is being replaced by Vladimir Urin of Moscow's Stanislavsky ant Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre, he said, adding that he was confident that Urin "can unite the Bolshoi Theatre's team".
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