Breaking: Bolshoi dancers defect (update)

Breaking: Bolshoi dancers defect (update)


norman lebrecht

November 14, 2011

In the good old days, they would skip the coop while on tour – often in Paris or London.

Now the rising pair at Moscow’s Bolshoi, Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, have announced they are seeking asylum – in St Petersburg.

Apparently, good order at the Mikhailovsky is preferable to Bolshoi chaos.

Here’s the Pravda version. No defection is official til you’ve read it Pravda.

Two lead dancers of Bolshoi Theater quit. 45854.jpeg

UPDATE: And here they explain why. Much better range of rep in St Pete, apparently.