Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:12

Warning: Don’t fuck with the ballet dancers.

- Wiccapundit

Who knew that West Side Story was actually correct?   That dancing gang members like the Sharks and the Jets were more dangerous than the Crips and the Bloods?

From Russia comes news that the Artistic Director of the famed Bolshoi Theatre was being treated for serious burns to his face and possible loss of his eyesight after a masked man threw acid in his face as he walked home late one night in Moscow.  Why?

The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg in Moscow says it is suspected that he was the victim of infighting and rows between different groups of dancers at the Bolshoi.

The theatre’s executive director, Anatoly Iksanov, told Russian television that Mr Filin was “uncompromising” in his management style.

“If he thought a performer was unready to play a certain role, or incapable of it, he would not let the performer do it,” he said.

Artistic Director:  “You are not ready to dance this role.”

Dancer: “Fine.  I will KEEL you!”

I will never look at ballet the same way again.

 

 

(h/t Ace of Spades)

 

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3 Responses to “Warning: Don’t fuck with the ballet dancers.”

  1. ml says:

    Heh. Well, temperamental artists… but even if this wasn’t an actual fight, that might not be smart either since those are very fit artists. Something I once remember reading and which has stuck in my mind because, in some ways, it is quite amusing is that during the last world war male ballet dancers were supposedly shoo ins when it came to commando training because they were already in top physical condition. The amusing part, of course, being the general idea that the male dancers are sort of girly, in spite of the fact that in order to be able to lift the ballerinas and make it look effortless, and to do all the jumping their own dancing usually seems to require, they also really have to be damn strong, which usually, in most other contexts, is seen as masculine… well, maybe it’s the tights. But then, superheroes usually also wear tights, don’t they?

    • Wiccapundit says:

      Surprising to no one, your Wiccapundit has studied ballet. A ballet barre class will stomp your ass into the ground if you are not in shape.

      But on the plus side, you are one of the few men in a room full of very fit, scantily clad women.

      And all the other guys are probably gay.

      The odds are pretty much in your favor.

      • ml says:

        I have always been kind of hoping somebody would make a historical war movie where the hero who becomes a commando is a ballet dancer (I like stories where the main character is a bit different from the usual types). That would make a fun scene, him pointing out that factoid to the other guys when they rib him about his civilian job.

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