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Russia's Bolshoi ballet chief left nearly blind by acid attack

By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - The artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet, burned in an acid attack allegedly masterminded by a dancer, is nearly blind despite 18 operations to save his sight, a theatre spokeswoman said on Thursday. The attack on Sergei Filin, which exposed poisonous rivalries over roles, power and pay at the theatre, has cast a long shadow over Russia's premier cultural symbol, from which it is still struggling to escape.

Bolshoi's Filin almost blind after attack

The Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin, who had acid thrown on his face in a horrific assault this year, is almost blind, the Russian theatre's spokeswoman said Thursday. "We spoke three days ago, and Sergei said that he can't see at all in one eye and has 10 percent eyesight in the other one," said the Bolshoi theatre spokeswoman Katerina Novikova. "His doctors don't want to publicly discuss this or give any prognoses. Their job is to save his sight," she added, speaking during a press-conference about the theatre's upcoming season.

Bolshoi boots out star in bitter row after acid attack

The Bolshoi theatre has announced it is terminating the contract of one of its biggest stars, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who infuriated the management with lacerating public criticisms after a horrific acid attack on the troupe's artistic director. With his big hair and striking looks, Tsiskaridze, 39, is one of the theatre's premiers known for solo roles in ballets such as the Evil Genius in "Swan Lake". But his 21-year career at the Bolshoi is now apparently ending after a very public battle with the management.

Bolshoi star charged in acid attack detained till June

A Russian court on Tuesday ordered a soloist in the Bolshoi ballet suspected of ordering a horrific acid attack on its artistic director Sergei Filin to stay behind bars until at least June 18, rejecting a petition for him to be freed. The judge extended the arrest of leading Bolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko for the investigation to finish, agreeing with the prosecution's arguments that he has been charged with a serious crime and constitutes a flight risk.

Russian court annuls one reprimand against Bolshoi ballet dancer

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow court on Friday annulled one of two reprimands given to a top ballet dancer by the Bolshoi Theatre after he accused it of using an acid attack on its artistic director as a pretext for a "witch hunt" against him. The late-night attack that almost blinded Sergei Filin on January 17 has exposed a seething ferment of rivalries at the ballet, perhaps Russia's best-known cultural symbol.

Moscow court battle lays bare Bolshoi strife

A Moscow court Friday partially backed a star dancer in his dispute with the Bolshoi Theatre that laid bare bitter internal divisions at the ballet company after the acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin. Nikolai Tsiskaridze, 39, a flamboyant top-ranking dancer at the theatre, was penalised by the Bolshoi after he criticised general director Anatoly Iksanov and other managers, called for them to be sacked and for him to run the theatre himself.

Bolshoi star dancer battles theatre in court

A star dancer at the Bolshoi appeared in court on Friday to sue the theatre after it officially reprimanded him for vehemently criticising the management in interviews following an acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin. Nikolai Tsiskaridze, 39, a flamboyant top-ranking dancer at the theatre, has publically criticised general director Anatoly Iksanov and suggested he should run the theatre himself.

Cuban ballet dancers defect to the US

Seven young members of the internationally-acclaimed National Ballet of Cuba have defected to the United States.The dancers, who arrived in Miami, through Mexico, said they came to the US “in search of wider artistic horizons.”Reports indicate that a seventh dancer, Alejandro Méndez, 20, who is still in Mexico.

Bolshoi ballet star sues theatre over reprimands

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - A top ballet dancer is asking a Moscow court to annul official reprimands from the Bolshoi Theatre after he accused it of using an acid attack on its artistic director as a pretext for a "witch hunt" against him. The late-night attack that almost blinded Sergei Filin on January 17 has exposed a seething ferment of rivalries at the ballet, perhaps Russia's best-known cultural symbol.

Bolshoi star sues theatre in acid attack row

A star dancer at the Bolshoi ballet on Tuesday launched legal action against the venerable Russian theatre in a bitter row over interviews he gave following the acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin. Nikolai Tsiskaridze, 39, is a big-haired media personality who has taken part in celebrity television shows and makes no secret of his dislike for the Bolshoi Theatre management led by long-term director Anatoly Iksanov.
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