In a decision that has rocked the ballet world, they are moving to the Mikhailovsky Theatre of Saint Petersburg, a well-regarded house that is nonetheless overshadowed in Russia's second city by the world famous Mariinsky.
The departure of possibly the two greatest attractions in its entire company is a huge blow for the Bolshoi ballet just weeks after it re-opened its historic theatre after a painful closure of over half a decade.
"The artists have written the applications, but they have not been signed yet," Mr. Filin said.
Ivan Vasiliev has been working in the troupe of the Bolshoi since 2006. Natalia Osipova has been dancing in Russia's widely recognized theater since 2004. "We are going to talk to them and try to convince them to stay. We can offer them a flexible schedule," Sergei Filin said, BFM.ru website reports.