July 21, 2013 |
A senior violinist died last week from injuries sustained after falling into the orchestra pit at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The death of Viktor Sedov, 65, is the latest bad news in a mounting string of tragedies involving the historic theater that have led to chatter about a supposed "Curse of the Bolshoi. " Sedov played in ballet and opera productions at the Bolshoi for nearly 40 years, a spokeswoman told the Guardian , adding that he was a popular member of the orchestra, known for his "sense of humor and extraordinary erudition.
June 21, 2013 |
Sergei Filin -- the artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet who was attacked with acid this year -- has been left nearly blind despite 18 operations, according to company spokeswoman Katerina Novikova. He is preparing for a 19 th operation at a clinic in Germany. Filin, 42, was returning home late at night in January when a masked man hurled sulfuric acid in his face. He suffered severe burns to his eyes and face. Initial reports, after his treatment in Germany, were optimistic, but Filin's right eye is completely sightless and he's lost 95% of his vision overall, Novikova said.
June 18, 2013
Tangy frozen lemon yogurt Total time: 10 minutes, plus chilling and freezing time Servings: Makes 1 quart Note: (This recipe is from David Lebovitz. Read the original article here. ) Greek-style yogurt is available at Trader Joe's and well-stocked markets. Citric acid is available at some pharmacies, as well as at specialty cooking and baking supply stores; fruit preservatives such as Fruit-Fresh can be substituted and are available in the canning section of well-stocked markets.
May 3, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. An infinite jest, Chicago lyricist Chance the Rapper's stellar new mixtape "Acid Rap" begins with a woman's seductive voice -- chanteuse Lili K. -- uttering, "Even better than I was the last time, baby, ooh oooh oooh, we back, we back, we back. " Over the following 13 songs the assured voice of Chance runs through a surreal tale of pills, rap, a Chicago high school for gifted students, cigarette stink, "chauffeurs with road rage," cocoa butter kisses, Chuck E. Cheese and LSD.
April 9, 2013 |
It's another round of legal woes for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow: One of its top dancers is suing the company to annul two reprimands he received for talking to the media. Following an acid attack on the Bolshoi's artistic director, Segei Filin, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, 39, publicly criticized the company's general director and called for the removal of theater executives. The Georgian-born dancer petitioned a Moscow court Tuesday to annul the reprimands, which could lead to his dismissal.
March 29, 2013 |
MOSCOW - If spring is a season of rebirth, it seems appropriate, if coincidental, that the Bolshoi Ballet is hoping to move past its recent and ugly scandal with performances of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," a dance about the healing power of nature and art. The Bolshoi Theatre festival "The Age of the Rite of Spring - the Age of Modernism" opens this week without its artistic director, Sergei Filin, who had designed the three-week celebration, one...
March 7, 2013 |
Details about the vicious acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin continue to unfurl after principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko's confession Wednesday. Now Dmitrichenko, 29, has admitted to masterminding the plot against Filin, but he said that he paid Yuri Zarutski about $1,600 to scare and hit Filin, not douse Filin in sulfuric acid. The drama and intrigue of these events -- as they continue to develop -- have not only shed a spotlight on bitter infighting within the Bolshoi, but have also sent the international dance world spinning with speculation.
March 7, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Burning the Bolshoi Ballet artistic director's face with acid was not part of the plan, the top dancer arrested for allegedly masterminding the attack told a Russian court Thursday. Pavel Dmitrichenko, 29, admitted to organizing the attack but said that Yuri Zarutski, the man he allegedly paid about $1,600 to attack Sergei Filin was only supposed to hit him. Dousing Filin's face in sulfuric acid, which caused severe burns and left him partially blind, was Zarutski's idea, Dmitrichenko told the court.
March 7, 2013 |
MOSCOW - The acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin was shocking when it happened and turned even more bizarre when police said it elicited a confession from a Bolshoi dancer known for playing the Evil Genius in one of the most beloved ballets of all, "Swan Lake. " Details came to light early Wednesday when Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed to organizing the January attack, and police announced two other men confessed to carrying it out. "I organized the attack, but not to the extent of the damage that happened," Dmitrichenko said to Russia's Channel One. The dancer planned the assault for "personal resentment related to his work," the police said, according to reports in the Russian media.
March 6, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Three suspects detained in connection with the acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin have confessed and face up to 12 years in prison, Moscow police said Wednesday. Bolshoi principal dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko confessed Wednesday to organizing the attack, and the other men, Yuri Zarutski and Andrei Lipatov confessed to carrying it out, a statement on the Interior Ministry's website said. "I organized the attack, but not to the extent of the damage that happened," Dmitrichenko said, stone-faced, to Russian news Channel One. The dancer, who has performed such roles as the Evil Genius in Swan Lake and Russia's brutal ruler Ivan Grozny in a ballet of the same name, planned the assault for "personal resentment related to his work," police said, according to Russian media reports. Zarutski threw the acid at Filin, 42, on the night of Jan. 17, searing his face, neck and eyes with third-degree burns, while Lipatov drove Zarutski to Filin's apartment building, then drove him away when he fled the crime scene, police said.