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)