Sergei Filin back at Bolshoi after acid attack
Zee Media Bureau/ Aparna Mudi
Moscow: Sergei Filin, who was wounded and partially blinded by a horrendous acid attack in January, has returned to the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. With media flocking for the premiere of the new theatre season in Moscow, years of disrepute may finally take a turn around for the troupe.
Appointed in 2011 as the Artistic Director of the renowned Ballet, Filin, has led the tours to Paris, Japan and America.
The assailant threw a jar of Sulphuric Acid to the Ballet Dancers face outside his apartment in Moscow. He was arrested along with an accomplice. One of the theatre’s primary male dancers, Pavel Dmitrichenko, is facing trial for ordering the attack to which he has confessed although he denies wanting to throw acid. The differences of opinion between Dmitrichenko and Filin escalated to a violent result. Thankfully, Filin has not suffered any major scarring.
Sadly, even after a dozen or so surgeries to recover his eyesight, Sergei Filin has spent the better part of the last six months recovering in Germany. He now has 80% vision left in one eye, although the other one is still almost blind.
Even though he has joined back at Bolshoi promising his dynamism and success, he will be travelling back and forth from Germany for further treatment of his eye.
The general director of Bolshoi, Anatoly Iksanov, was fired earlier this year for the innumerable scandals and accusations of embezzlement and laundering at Bolshoi. He has been replaced by Vladimir Urin, who previously headed the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko theater.
Filin now plans to be based in Moscow to realise the same heights as before in his work at the theatre.