Magazine article Variety

Sergei Filin

Magazine article Variety

Sergei Filin

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Sergei Filin, the victim of an acid attack by a disgruntled dancer in 2013 that left him partially blinded, still rules the internationally renowned ballet with a unique, international perspective. Variety spoke with him at his office at the Bolshoi in Moscow about his health, the hiring of American dancer David Hallberg and the politics of the job.

What are your greatest challenges?

The most important thing in this job is that you are influencing people - their life and their future. Whatever you are doing, you have to do with joy.

When it conies to scheduling, how do you strike the right balance between classical and modem/ contemporary ballets?

We should always be experimenting and moving forward, but you need the grand, classical performances too. The first reason is that the Bolshoi is the best of all the theaters. This is what the Bolshoi is famous for and what people love it for. The second reason is that our kids are so strongly classically trained that when they go to modern or contemporary ballets, it is easy for them.

What pressure are you under to show off what Russia and the Bolshoi are known for?

The Bolshoi is always close to politics, and we try to show that all countries can live together happily. …

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