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Tsiskaridze: Save Russia from the half-trained West

28 DEC 14      The West dares to teach us Russians what’s needed? It’s them who need to learn from us.” Yesterday Nikolai Tsiskaridze gave a characteristically tub-thumping     READ ON>

Vaganova elects Tsiskaridze 227-17

29 NOV 14      Nikolai Tsiskaridze, as expected, has been formally confirmed as Rector of the Vaganova Academy in unopposed election today, winning 227-17 in the poll of 244    READ ON>

Vasiliev on Ashton, freelancing, and a new love

27 OCT 14      Ivan Vasiliev has given a long interview in Moscow rejecting the idea that his leaving the Bolshoi was anything to get upset about, and suggesting that in future the freelance life will become increasingly standard   READ ON>

New labour deal calms Bolshoi, but tough on outsiders

14 JUL 14     Wreathed in smiles, but admitting to agonies of impatience at the six-month-long negotiations, the Bolshoi Theatre chief Vladimir Urin yesterday announced the launch READ ON>

Mrs Urin answers her critics

10 OCT 14     The wife of Bolshoi general director Vladimir Urin has addressed critics of her appointment to work alongside her husband in a detailed interview about her job running Bolshoi strategic planning  READ ON>

Bolshoi woos Ratmansky and Osipova

11 SEP 14     The Bolshoi is reported to be in active talks with Alexei Ratmansky about a return to create a new ballet for Moscow. The move would be a significant act of reconciliation   READ ON>

Summing up a crime-free ballet year

13 AUG 14     No acid attacks, plenty of success - can it be the Bolshoi? So, ironically, quips Moskovsky Komsomolets’ ballet critic Pavel Yashenkov surveying the past season. He notes that various stars have given theatres headaches by sudden departures READ ON>

Bolshoi labour contract ready at last

4 JUN 14     The long-heralded collective agreement at the Bolshoi, intended to resolve all the disputes that led to its year of horrors last year, is said to be almost ready to sign. READ ON>

Arts fight threat of state censorship

29 MAY 14     Russia’s plans to make it government policy to outlaw swearing, offence to the religious, and any justification of fascism from all state spheres have today READ ON>

Filin speaks of life 'before' and 'after'

12 MAY 14      Sergei Filin has described how his family’s life was ripped in half by the acid attack that he suffered. Dividing life into ‘before’ and ‘after’, he has spoken about how he lives with a ‘continuous round of hopes and disappointments’. READ ON>

Bolshoi fires Dmitrichenko as he loses appeal

6 MAR 14     The Bolshoi dancer convicted of organizing the acid attack on his boss today lost his appeal, whereupon the Bolshoi Theatre finally dismissed him. At a bitter hearing in Moscow, Pavel Dmitrichenko READ ON>

Guilty, guilty, guilty, says judge

3 DEC 13    The dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko and his two co-defendants have been convicted of the acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin. Judge Elena Maximova announced the guilty verdicts at 12 noon READ ON>








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