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March 18, 1995 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin made a cameo appearance Friday in the tragicomedy that has been playing at the famed Bolshoi Theater: He fired the unpopular general director to the cheers of disgruntled performers. But the latest scene of a drama that has transformed Moscow's premier artistic venue into a theater of the absurd was not expected to soothe the frayed egos of the dancers and musicians for long.
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March 18, 1995 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin made a cameo appearance Friday in the tragicomedy that has been playing at the famed Bolshoi Theater: He fired the unpopular general director to the cheers of disgruntled performers. But the latest scene of a drama that has transformed Moscow's premier artistic venue into a theater of the absurd was not expected to soothe the frayed egos of the dancers and musicians for long.
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July 9, 1994 | SERGEI LOIKO and CAREY GOLDBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES: Carey Goldberg is a Times staff writer. Sergei Loiko is a free-lance writer in Russia
Any day now, theater insiders say, a big shake-up is finally going to hit the Big Theater--better known as the Bolshoi, Russia's premier performance center. Scandal has been simmering at the Bolshoi for years as the prestigious theater, long seen as the crowning glory of Russian culture, bled top performers to the West and engaged in vicious in-fighting over its artistic program. But only this week did the Kremlin indicate at long last that it would intervene. Sergei Filatov, President Boris N.
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April 24, 1996 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is "Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet"--a group of Russian ballet dancers scheduled to perform tonight at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and next Tuesday and Wednesday at Cerritos Center for the Arts--really the Bolshoi Ballet, and are its dancers really stars? Andrew Grossman, senior vice president of Columbia Artists Management, producer of the "Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet" North American tour, says yes. But officials of Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre offer a resounding nyet.
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March 11, 1995 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten months of acrimonious infighting at the famed Bolshoi Theater burst into international scandal Friday when the embroidered gold curtains parted for "Romeo and Juliet" to reveal striking dancers and stagehands milling about in street clothes. The unannounced protest against Thursday's resignation of longtime Bolshoi Ballet director and choreographer Yuri Grigorovich was the first instance in the vaunted theater's 219-year history that a scheduled performance had to be canceled.
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December 9, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Giselle's desperately graceful death was postponed for 20 minutes Thursday as the Bolshoi Ballet stopped the show to protest pay and management conditions. As house lights dimmed in the red-and-gold hall and the orchestra did not play, opera singer Yevgeny T. Raikov informed the hushed, bejeweled audience that Bolshoi performers had decided to protest after the Russian government ignored their second no-confidence vote in theater director Vladimir M. Kokonin.
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October 19, 1996 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its 221 years, the famed Bolshoi Ballet has never before faced box-office disaster. But on its first U.S. tour since the fall of communism, the Bolshoi is learning up close about the pitfalls of capitalism. The Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra's sterling reputation was supposed to be the draw as the troupe appeared first at the Aladdin Hotel here and then moved to Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.
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