In Acid-Attack Trial, Dancers Trade Phase for Stand

November 28th, 2013

MOSCOW — Dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet occupied a different stage on Wednesday as a procession of performers took the witness stand to protect the status of the troupe’s inventive director, Sergei Filin, who was the victim of an acid attack and — throughout the demo of these accused of involvement in the assault — the subject matter of denunciations by existing and former firm customers.

The Bolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is on trial, accused of ordering the January attack. Testimony has unleashed a new round of rumors and reports of dysfunctional management at the illustrious Moscow firm, the place users have been often not on speaking conditions.

The prosecution and protection have lined up top performers to protect and assault the people of Mr. Dmitrichenko and Mr. Filin.

On Wednesday, representatives for Mr. Filin, who was virtually blinded when a combination of acid and urine was thrown in his encounter, unexpectedly summoned four of the Bolshoi’s top dancers to rebut witnesses called by the protection who explained that Mr. Filin experienced abused his electrical power as artistic director and mistreated performers since his appointment in 2011.

“Sergei was really knowledgeable,” mentioned Olga Smirnova, a lead soloist at the Bolshoi. “He didn’t shout. He was cultured.” Standing rigid to a single side of the cage in which the accused are held, Ms. Smirnova mentioned that there was tiny opportunity for Mr. Dmitrichenko, who headed of the Bolshoi’s dancers’ union, to stand up for performers, and that she could not don’t forget any serious conflicts about cash.

Evgenia Obraztsova, a prima ballerina at the Bolshoi, also said she experienced not witnessed any serious conflicts, though she explained everyone in the organization experienced read rumors about difficulty between Mr. Filin and Mr. Dmitrichenko.

On Monday, a previous Bolshoi star, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who was dismissed from the firm this yr above prior comments he experienced produced about the scenario, referred to as Mr. Filin a “provocateur.”

“He was constantly insulting everyone and bawling at everyone,” Mr. Tsiskaridze instructed the Meshanskii court here.

Mr. Tsiskaridze mentioned he experienced spoken only after to Mr. Filin in 3 several years, even with working as a instructor in the same constructing all that time, declaring Mr. Filin experienced tried out to lure pupils from him.

A native Georgian, with hanging dark hair, Mr. Tsiskaridze has waged a continual campaign in opposition to the administration of the Bolshoi, accusing it of corruption and implying that the assault on Mr. Filin was a conspiracy orchestrated by the Bolshoi Theater’s previous general director, Anatoly Iksanov, who was taken off in the wake of the attack.

Mr. Dmitrichenko has pleaded not guilty, declaring that he by no means ordered the co-defendant Yuri Zarutsky, who is accused of acquiring acid from an automobile shop and tossing it at Mr. Filin’s eyes, to attack him and had only expressed a desire that he be “hit in the nose.” Mr. Dmitrichenko explained he accepts “moral responsibility” for what transpired, but has given that appeared to attempt to demonstrate that his dislike of Mr. Filin that led to the assault was justified.

Mr. Tsiskaridze joined Mr. Dmitrichenko in painting Mr. Filin as an abrasive, tyrannical manager, unable to brook criticism, who promoted his favorites. “Under Filin, in the theater nepotism began to blossom,” Mr. Tsiskaridze explained.

In Mr. Tsiskaridze’s testimony, Mr. Filin appeared in a condition of constant conflict with dancers, with Mr. Dmitrichenko as an unyielding defender of dancers’ rights, using his placement as head of the dancers’ union to guarantee performers obtained proper pay out in disputes with management. In accordance to Mr. Tsiskaridze, this opposition led Mr. Filin to deny Mr. Dmitrichenko roles. “Pavel was pulled out of roles numerous times” on the authority of Mr. Filin, and for the Bolshoi “that’s an remarkable incidence,” Mr. Tsiskaridze stated.

Testimonies on both sides mainly recurring anonymous rumors circulating in the business. Mr. Tsiskaridze stated that it was whispered amongst Bolshoi performers that Mr. Filin had threatened to block Mr. Dmitrichenko’s typical-legislation wife, Angelina Vorontsova, from dancing, if she didn’t agree to marry Mr. Filin. The prosecution argues that Mr. Dmitrichenko ordered Mr. Zarutsky to carry out the attack in element due to the fact he was unsatisfied that Mr. Filin was not providing Ms. Vorontsova more roles. Ms. Obraztsova advised the choose, “As much as I know, Pavel was disappointed that Angelina Vorontsova was not dancing sufficient.”

Ms. Vorontsova herself testified for the protection on Monday and explained that Mr. Filin experienced warned her that Mr. Dmitrichenko was an “inconvenient individual,” and that she would not development if she stayed with him. A former pupil of Mr. Tsiskaridze’s, Ms. Vorontsova smiled through her testimony, gazing adoringly at Mr. Dmitrichenko and giggling when he cross-examined her by way of the bars of his cage. Ms. Vorontsova remaining the Bolshoi in June to move to the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, where she was speedily created a principal dancer, displaying, the defense argues, that her expertise had been unfairly denied below Mr. Filin. On Wednesday, all 4 of the dancers speaking for the prosecution were compelled to assess Ms. Vorontsova’s dancing in certain ballets with the intention of setting up this.

All four explained her as a quite talented dancer, but Semyon Chudin, a principal dancer, explained that the Bolshoi was on a “absolutely distinct level” from the Mikhailovsky.

At moments, the two sides appeared to doubt the relevance of what was currently being explained by the witnesses there was recurrent laughter. Exchanges between the Bolshoi dancers and Mr. Dmitrichenko ended up friendly, with the exception of Ms. Smirnova. Mr. Dmitrichenko frequently cracked up even though trying to cross-look at Mr. Chudin, who turned confused throughout his testimony.

At a single position, the decide asked Mr. Zarutsky if he had any concerns for Ms. Smirnova startled by the considered, Mr. Zarutsky laughed and explained, “Oh no, not me, your honor.”

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