Brutal Bolshoi: inside the troubled world of Russia’s legendary ballet

Film lifts the curtain on infighting at the institution after an acid attack on its artistic director. The Calvert Journal reports

What do the Bolshoi and the Kalashnikov have in common? According to a new documentary exploring the aftermath of an acid attack at the legendary ballet company in 2013, they are the two brands that define modern Russia.

The film, released in the UK on 8 January, was shot during a time of much soul-searching at the institution and examines what the assault on its artistic director, Sergei Filin, says about the broader state of Russian politics.

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We spent a lot of time trying to work out how precise a mirror it was of the political landscape. I’m still undecided

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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