Ballet battles and women who live in the future

Ballet companies are rife with intrigue, usually revolving around which dancers get the best roles; and if every dissatisfied dancer threw acid at his or her company’s artistic director, there wouldn’t be too many left unscathed. But one dancer actually did take this extreme step.

In 2013, Bolshoi Ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko hired a thug who tossed acid in the face of the director, Sergei Filin and was sentenced to six years in prison.

While his arrest and punishment are not surprising, one aspect of the trial was that dozens of his fellow dancers testified to argue that Dmitrichenko’s action was understandable, even justified.


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