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  • Dish
  • 25 September 2017
Bolshoi Theatre

Back in July, we were following a bit of a scandal at the Bolshoi Ballet. The company had been preparing to present a new ballet called "Nureyev," based on the life of famed dancer Rudolph Nureyev. However, only one week before the work was scheduled to open, the company suddenly announced that the work would not be performed at this time. (Did you miss it? Read the full story here)

Vladimir G. Urin, the general director of the Bolshoi, claimed that the ballet was postponed because of an under-rehearsed cast. However, at the time, there was a lot of speculation that it was related not only to the ballet's director, Kirill S. Serebrennikov (who is currently under house arrest for possibly embezzling government arts funding,) but because the homosexual subject matter may have been interpreted by some as too controversial for the country.

Well, it looks like the show will still go on. On Friday, the Bolshoi Ballet announced that the ballet will make its premiere on December 9th at the Bolshoi theater. Yuri Possokhov, the choreographer, will continue to direct rehearsals and is waiting for approval from the courts to meet with Mr. Serebrennikov for artistic collaboration.