Bolshoi ballet names former prima ballerina acting artistic director after acid attack | iNFOnews

Current Conditions

Light Rainshower
3.8°C

Bolshoi ballet names former prima ballerina acting artistic director after acid attack

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, Sergei Filin, center, poses with members of the Bolshoi Theater company involved in the Sleeping Beauty ballet, after a rehearsal, in the Bolshoi Theater that underwent renovation, in Moscow, Russia. A Moscow police said Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, that Filin, an artistic director at the legendary Bolshoi Theater, was attacked Thursday night by a man who splashed acid onto his face as the 43-year-old former dancer came out of his car outside his home in central Moscow. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, File)
January 22, 2013 - 8:44 AM

MOSCOW - The Bolshoi ballet has named a former prima ballerina to fill in for artistic director Sergei Filin, whose face and eyes were burned in an acid attack.

The Bolshoi general director and Russia's culture minister announced the appointment of Galina Stepanenko during a meeting with the dancers following Tuesday's rehearsal.

The acid attack on Filin last week was seen as possible retaliation for his selection of certain dancers over others for prized roles. His attacker has not been identified.

Filin underwent surgery Tuesday to treat burns on his face and is scheduled to have a second eye operation on Wednesday. Doctors are most concerned about saving the sight in his right eye.

Bolshoi general director Anatoly Iksanov said the 42-year-old Stepanenko was Filin's choice to serve as acting artistic director.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
The Associated Press

  • Popular kamloops News
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile