I'd ask if there is discussion we stick to what's in print and not what we've heard from backstage friends and the like.
If any of our Russian readers could take the time to translate a few headlines for us, I'm sure many Ballet Alert readers would be interested.
One other note -- for those puzzled by the interest in the American press, at least, I think it's that this, to most editors of mainstream newspapers, is an exotic story, and a bit humorous -- ice cream, ballet, etc. And to American ballet fans, who still think of the Bolshoi as a men's company, where the male dancers have thighs like tree trunks and whom we've seen with our own eyes run around and around the stage with a ballerina held aloft, supported by only one arm, the story sounds especially odd.
With that preamble:
From the New York Times:
Bolshoi Decides It's Over Before 'Fat' Lady Dances
Ms. Volochkova, 27, spoke of mysterious forces working against her — she wouldn't identify them — and also said theater administrators, working on behalf of those forces, did not like her and had plotted to push her out. She says she is in top form, weighing in at 109 pounds and following a strict diet.
"I don't eat ice cream now," said Ms. Volochkova, who once told a Russian interviewer that she "adores" it. "I eat spinach leaves and vegetables."
"This is a planned conspiracy against me," she said of the dispute, which has enthralled the Russian press and has involved security guards, a missing dance partner and publicity machines working overtime. Today, after her dismissal, she and her lawyer said they would sue the Bolshoi over her contract, which expired on June 30. The Bolshoi offered an extension to Dec. 31, but she demanded a year's extension.
The Associate Press version, by a Russian correspondent datelined Moscow, that's in dozens of smaller American papers today:
Bolshoi Theater Fires Dancer Volochkova
From Anova, an arts news service:
Theatre row over sacked 'fat' ballet star
From CBC News:
Too big to lift, Russian ballerina fired
From the International Herald Tribune (a condensation of the NYTimes story, but with a different headline):
Too big for her tutu, the Bolshoi declares
Ballerina Bounced For Being Big?
TWO stories in the Sydney Morning Herald:
'Too heavy' ballerina sacked
Bolshoi's biggest star sacked after weighty argument
Russia's Bolshoi Fires Top Ballerina
The Scotsman (with probably the most accurate one sentence summary):
The Bolshoi Theatre’s move to sack one of its leading ballerinas set the Russian media dancing with reports today about her weight, height and ambitions.
Bolshoi's weighty decision