Stars of the Russian Bolshoi ballet in action © HBO
It was like a scene from The Phantom of the Opera: a tale of high art, jealousy and violence. In January 2013, the artistic director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet entered his home and had acid thrown in his face. Few people outside the rarefied world of ballet knew of Sergei Filin before the attack, but many more knew his name afterwards.
The Bolshoi is the most famous ballet company in the world. It is a Russian icon, and a cultural ambassador for a country whose reputation in the outside world has gone …read more