NY Times reporting arrest in attack on Bolshoi's Filin

Pavel Dmitrichenko

Pavel Dmitrichenko

The New York Times is reporting the arrest of Bolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko and two accomplices in the recent acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet Artistic Director Sergei Filin.

See NY Times report

Dmitrichenko had not previously been cited as a suspect in the January 17  incident, from which Filin is still recovering. But the Times reports that the dancer is "a fierce advocate of classicism in the Bolshoi repertoire."

Filin, who took over the company in 2011, has pushed for new and more contemporary works to be added to the storied Russian company's repertoire.

An unidentified assailant threw sulphuric acid into the director's face as he returned to his Moscow apartment, threatening Filin's eyesight and disfiguring his skin. He is recuperating in a clinic in Germany.


Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: March 5, 2013
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