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Attackers throw acid on director of hailed Russian ballet company
myrtle beach online ^ | Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 | Nataliya Vasilyeva and Lynn Berry

Posted on 01/18/2013 6:56:42 AM PST by PilotDave

A masked assailant threw acid at the artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Theater ballet troupe, an attack that Bolshoi representatives said may cause him to lose his eyesight and appeared to be linked to power struggles at the famed ballet company. “What happened with Sergei Filin was not accidental,” Ratmansky, now an artist-in-residence at the American Ballet Theater, posted on his Facebook page. “The Bolshoi has many ills. It's a disgusting cesspool, of those developing friendships with the artists, the speculators and scalpers, the half-crazy fans, ready to bite the throats of the rivals of their favorites, the cynical hackers, the lies in the press and the scandalous interviews of staff.

“This is all one snowball caused by the lack of any ethics at the theater.”

(Excerpt) Read more at myrtlebeachonline.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: ballet; bolshoitheater; russia
Cat fighting divas scratching eyes out.
1 posted on 01/18/2013 6:56:49 AM PST by PilotDave
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To: PilotDave

The ballerinas at that level are so athletic that I would certainly avoid getting in a fight with one. They don’t need to scratch and claw. They could just rip one’s head off.


2 posted on 01/18/2013 7:07:20 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: PilotDave

3 posted on 01/18/2013 7:16:45 AM PST by SENTINEL (Kneel down to God. Stand up to tyrants. STICK TO YOUR GUNS !)
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To: Monterrosa-24

I sure hope your a girl, and not apparently scared of ballerina’s..

lol


4 posted on 01/18/2013 7:27:06 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
I'm just being realistic. Osipova
5 posted on 01/18/2013 7:37:39 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Ballet dancers are extreme athletes. Unbelievably strong, resilient and tough. Just ‘cause it's a most beautiful art doesn't mean its practitioners are weak. This is an awful story and I suspect the usual bad-behaving Russians are up to their old tricks.
6 posted on 01/18/2013 7:45:53 AM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Monterrosa-24

On top of that, they are always hungry.


7 posted on 01/18/2013 7:46:41 AM PST by Stentor (Shhhh!)
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To: PilotDave

You didn’t read the article at all, did you?


8 posted on 01/18/2013 7:56:53 AM PST by Romulus
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To: Romulus

Do I really need the sarc tag?

boy ballerinas, cat fight, do I have to spell it out?


9 posted on 01/18/2013 8:01:07 AM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: PilotDave

Most male ballet dancers are heterosexual, FWIW.


10 posted on 01/18/2013 8:37:38 AM PST by balch3
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To: balch3

So are most stage and movie actors. Travolta and Cruise are manly hetro men, for example.


11 posted on 01/18/2013 9:28:53 AM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: PilotDave

This article has nothing to say about “boy ballerinas”, yet for some reason you seem obsessed with the concept. Are you all right?


12 posted on 01/18/2013 12:07:56 PM PST by Romulus
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To: PilotDave
Attackers throw acid on director of hailed Russian ballet company

Talk about insult added to injury! First the ballet company suffers through a hailstorm at Myrtle Beach and then the director is horribly assaulted by a masked man/woman/person.
13 posted on 01/18/2013 12:15:12 PM PST by Resettozero
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To: Romulus

“This article has nothing to say about “boy ballerinas””

Can’t you read? From the article...

“Sergei Filin, a 42-year-old former ballet star”

“officials said the man was masked”

“He said Filin’s car tires had been slashed earlier this week and he was targeted in early January by hackers who posted his professional correspondence online”

“Several stars at the Bolshoi including Nikolai Tsiskaridze, one of its most celebrated dancers, have complained about what they call Filin’s unfair treatment of dancers at the theater.”

Nikolai is a guys name. Enough examples?


14 posted on 01/18/2013 1:14:20 PM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: PilotDave

42 years old is no boy.

Look — ballet is evidently not your thing. It isn’t mine either, but I’ve learned a bit about it from my wife, who used to dance, including with Russians. They are passionate about classical dance, and take great national pride in their country’s prominence in this art form. Unlike the United States which is self-consciously lowbrow, high art in Russia has a popular following, with many people caring deeply and personally about artists and their performance. Big money, big egos, and big politics all collide, including underworld oligarchs bringing their unique sense of competitiveness.

Your insistence on viewing this attack as a catfight among mincing nancy-boys exposes a regrettable ignorance and provincialism on your part. Why you feel it necessary to view the report in such terms is something only you can answer.

For the record, my wife says the word is that most Russian male dancers are voraciously heterosexual.


15 posted on 01/18/2013 1:38:34 PM PST by Romulus
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To: PilotDave

I was reporting what my wife had heard. Despite being quite clear on that point, you could not refrain from making, and then repeating, a vile insult. You disgust me. Do not address me again.


18 posted on 01/18/2013 3:00:56 PM PST by Romulus
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To: Romulus

“my wife says the word is that most Russian male dancers are voraciously heterosexual.”


19 posted on 01/18/2013 3:03:23 PM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: Romulus

I made no vile insult. I said that your wife is more qualified to judge than we are. That is exactly what you said. You’ve called me ignorant. You’ve asked if I have a problem. You’ve said I didn’t read the article. All I’ve done is point you in the right direction in the article and clarify my sarcasm. I have not called you or your wife any names. Sorry you are miss reading. God Bless you and your wife and have a nice night.


20 posted on 01/18/2013 3:13:40 PM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: PilotDave; moder_ator

For the second time: do not address me again.


21 posted on 01/19/2013 8:35:28 AM PST by Romulus
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To: Romulus

Yes sir, supreme comander god of freepers. You may post on my threads at will and dictate whom may respond to you.


22 posted on 01/19/2013 9:09:25 AM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks PilotDave.

“Gangsters had fixed the performance of Swan Lake, and bet on the swan to live.” — Woody Allen

Sergei Filin may be as much a victim of Bolshoi ballet politics as acid attack
The company’s internal dealings can be as murky and turbulent as state affairs – and Filin wouldn’t be the first artistic director to pay the price
http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2013/jan/18/sergei-filin-bolshoi-politics-acid-attack

Acid attack on Sergei Filin lifts lid on Bolshoi
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/acid-attack-on-sergei-filin-lifts-lid-on-bolshoi/story-fnb64oi6-1226557248817

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21088764


23 posted on 01/19/2013 7:21:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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