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New Bolshoi Director To Be Named

Ekaterina Krysanova, Dmitry Gudanov - Swan Lake
Ekaterina Krysanova, Dmitry Gudanov - Swan Lake

The coming new director of the Bolshoi Theater will be announced at the end of September, according to General Director and People's Artists of Russia Vladimir Urin. At a press conference this week, Urin told a gathering of the troop of the Bolshoi of the eventual appointment of the artistic director for the coming season. With the Bolshoi season beginning this month, the world's most famous ballet company has lots of news coming up. 

Currently, Sergei Filin is operating as the artistic director until the new director can actually be signed. At the end of last season it was announced that the current contract with choreographer  Sergei Filin would not be extended. Now, instead of an artistic director, the Bolshoi is to have an overall director instead. 

Filin, whose attitude toward the Bolshoi is transparent these days, was the victim of a so-called "acid attack" from a jealous rival back in 2013, told reporters recently the Bolshoi: 

 “It’s plagued by all sorts of intrigue and provocations, envy and jealously that makes you nervous all the time."

The former principal dancer also revealed his part in the forthcoming documentary, Bolshoi Babylon. Our Russia subject Nikolay Tsiskaridze, who now heads the exalted Vaganova Ballet Academy, once confirmed Bolshoi in-fighting, but also noted to officials how Filin played his role in the chaos. 

At season's start, the Bolshoi will once again grace world cinemas for the 2015-2016. Four exceptional titles are to be broadcast live, while three additional ones will be recored and broadcast via satellite from Moscow. Beginning with Giselle on the 11th of next month, fans of this magnificent company will later enjoy Lady of the Camellias, The Taming of the Shrew and Don Quixote streamed live, with Jewels, the Nutcracker and Spartacus being the recorded performances. Some of the greatest names in the world of ballet will grace cinema screens.