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Danse Macabre:
A Scandal at the Bolshoi Ballet

New Yorker, by David Remnick

Original Article

Posted By:FlyRight, 3/17/2013 8:43:29 AM

Sergei Yurevich Filin, a man of early middle age and improbable beauty, sat behind the wheel of his car on a winter night driving toward home. It was 10 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of Moscow, a light snow in the air, snow on the rooftops, snow piled up in the lanes. Traffic was thick but brisk. Nearby, spotlights illuminated the Kremlin towers. Laughing skaters sliced along a vast rink set up for the season on Red Square.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/17/2013 9:06:40 AM     (No. 9229138)

How could anyone do that to anyone else?? That is the worst thing that anyone could do to another person. Murder is kinder. What have we become as a society where this kind of thing is becoming commonplace??? Sick and demented!! I couldn´t read the whole thing because I started feeling sick.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: BcdErick, 3/17/2013 9:28:52 AM     (No. 9229169)

I know people will disagree with this but... David Remnick is a very good writer. A novelist really. But this story comes off as a macabre horror tale. Kinda of like Stephan King in "The Shining". I doubt the reality is the same as this tale. If this is true, it is a lot more tawdry and banal than Remnick makes it seem.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: catfur27, 3/17/2013 9:37:50 AM     (No. 9229184)

..rest assured that if something like this ever happened in New York, Commissar Cuomo would quickly pass a law regulating dance shoes...and Bureaucrat Bloomberg would outlaw sulfuric acid in any container larger than 6 oz...and everyone would be safe.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lakerman1, 3/17/2013 9:42:30 AM     (No. 9229190)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1, 3/17/2013 9:44:59 AM     (No. 9229198)

#3, I suspect Mayor dumbazz would outlaw ballet.
And Andrew Cuomo would outlaw women.

(23 year old daughter is a professional dancer - ballerina - and I forwarded this article to her. I expect her to have some interesting comments. Ballet is incredibly competitive, so not much surprises me or her.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 3/17/2013 11:24:01 AM     (No. 9229350)

The Bolshoi is now an example of what happens when the government runs the arts. Rife with politics. And ballet has always been highly competitive.

Filin seemed to have it all - looks, talent, position. His attacker is talented, but a homely man who seemed always to be cast as the villain. He wanted a starring role for which Filin believed he was unsuited. And he was also the union rep (how ironic!).

And then, there was the woman. The talented but rather homely man´s girlfriend. Was he trying to prove himself to her by getting her a starring role she wanted?

Ballet, sex, ambition, politics. Quite a toxic stew.




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Reply 7 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/17/2013 12:02:52 PM     (No. 9229429)

Well, I read the first half. Next one in has to finish it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 3/17/2013 2:16:19 PM     (No. 9229576)

Most disturbing is how the political class have destroyed and corrupted the Russian people... demonized the truth through godless Communism...Their people appear conscienceless zombies...the filthy corruption of Putin´s Marxist Russia and the USSR Marxist detruction of the individual have left their people soulless .....and most frightening...... it mirrors Obama´s America.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Gallo3, 3/17/2013 3:03:55 PM     (No. 9229648)

Article makes me feel like a Despairing Swan...


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Reply 10 - Posted by: Okie 52, 3/17/2013 6:45:40 PM     (No. 9229981)

An excellent article, worthy of being read all the way through. Add any political intrigues only after you´ve had a chance to savor David Remnick´s writing.

Like many of you, I stopped subscribing to the New Yorker years ago for their political crap but they still harbor some of the best in American writing.

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