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Sergei Filin Attacked

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I have read that forensic investigators tend to find that any attack involving a person's face is usually a sign of intense anger/passion.....and that almost always leads to someone who knows the person very well. Random crimes do not usually target the face of a person. It is literally an attempt to get at the essence or being or soul of the person to attack the face.

It's certainly an MO in a number of countries, like Pakistan and Afganistan, against women and, when reported, almost always by male family members.

The NYTimes reports that the police say it was sulfuric acid.

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I am confused, did he never go to Brussels?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/981145/Bolshoiartistic-irectortounderg-secondeyeoperation.html

"It was suggested earlier that Mr Filin might be sent to Belgium for treatment but it now appears he will undergo surgery in Moscow.

Doctors said reports that he could lose his vision entirely were unfounded. They hope his eyesight can be fully restored."

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I am confused, did he never go to Brussels?

The Burn Unit of the Military Hospital in Brussels was considered originally but was ruled out because his eyesight caused the main concern.

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An update with medical details:

http://www.google.co...edd772356dc.a21

Filin underwent emergency surgery on Friday and is scheduled for another procedure on his skin Tuesday.

Doctors said one more operation on his eyes has tentatively been scheduled for Wednesday.

The eye specialist Mashetova said Filin was in good spirits.

"He is a person with a sense of humour. He has a positive attitude... and that helps the recovery," said Mashetova.

Another doctor said Filin might still require up to four more operations in the coming days and weeks.

"We have completed the first of what might be three or four procedures," said Moscow health department chief Georgy Golukhov.

"He can see slightly better out of his right eye than the left."

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I have not seen any Tweets from David Hallberg about this. Somebody else on Twitter claimed that Hallberg said: "A reprehensible strike at the core of all who strive to make art" -- but I can't find a source. I'm seeing other tweets pleading with Hallberg not to return to the Bolshoi. Anybody know anything? It seemed from his tweets in December that he was returning to the Bolshoi "soon," but nothing specific.

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Hallberg tweeted:

17 Jan

My thoughts are with Sergey Filin after this incomprehensible incident.

18 Jan

The attack on Sergey Filin is a tragedy & I hope for a swift recovery for this cultural visionary
@
BalletBolshoi
http://on.fb.me/UVEs2R

The link in the tweet is to his Facebook page where he wrote:

The attack against Sergey Filin is a reprehensible strike at an artist who is leading a generation of dancers in a visionary way. This violence has no place in the artistic community or anywhere else, and I wish him the healthiest recovery so he can continue his exemplary leadership at Bolshoi Ballet.

The latter wouldn't fit in the 140-char limit on Twitter, and he expanded on FB.

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This was just posted on itar-tass.com today but without text for it, can someone give us a gist?

According to Microsoft's Babelfish translator, the headline above the video says: "Bolshoi Ballet's Hudruku Owl faces two operations." blink.png (I guess a Hudruku Owl - like the rose by another name - is an Artistic Director.)

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, can someone give us a gist?

The medical official said that the treatment results look promising. On Tuesday Sergei Filin will have an operation on his skin and on Wednesday - on his eyes. They expect to perform 3 or 4 more operations. Sergei is also undergoing some therapy treatment but it was not specified what kind of therapy.

Then the presenter described again what happened to Sergei last week.

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Nothing has been said about possible skin grafts, which can be a good sign if not needed...

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A 3rd degree burn will require a graft- I thought that was why he was having so many surgeries (ie to take grafts from donor sites and then several stages of grafting depending on depth of burn). Wishing him all the best for successful surgery and recovery.

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They're taking it one step at a time: first, his eyes.

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An interview in the Moscow News today:

http://themoscownews.com/local/201302/191163104.html

“My eyes are my biggest concern,” Filin said, adding that he was not worried about the effects of the attack on his appearance.

“Even if there are serious changes in my appearance, I am not afraid of this at all. The main thing for me is to be able to think and go on working, my family, and my children. I have three sons. I want to see them grow up and establish themselves in life.”

“Since they threw the acid from the right, it was my right eye that suffered the most, and so it will take more time to heal. They've promised to save my left eye. I have not lost heart. Sometimes I can see all the fingers on my hand. This fills me with hope and optimism. I am not allowed to make any sudden movements, so there is no question of getting treatment abroad. My doctors are doing their utmost to save the living tissue,” he said.

“I cannot promise that I will return a handsome man, but I guarantee that I will return full of strength,” he said.

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I'm hoping Stepanenko will take this opportunity to dance with the company when they come to London this summer. As she has been omitted from tours for years perhaps she can nominate herself to dance here.

Here's what her Nikiya looks like:

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To Bonnette:

"According to Microsoft's Babelfish translator, the headline above the video says: "Bolshoi Ballet's Hudruku Owl faces two operations." blink.png (I guess a Hudruku Owl - like the rose by another name - is an Artistic Director.)"

"Hudruku" = the idiotic translation of Russian abbreviation for "Aritistic Director"="hudruk"="HUDozhestvenniy RUKovoditel'"

"Owl" = "Filin". Last name, Filin, is spelled exactly the same as russian word for "owl".

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Didn't Stepanenko compete at the 1988/89 Moscow IBC with Malakhov, when both were stars with Moscow Classical Ballet?

She was born in 1966 so I'm not sure if Nikiya remains in her rep. She was coached by none other than Semyonova (as was Tsiskaridze) so, yes, Stepanenko was a wonderful Nikiya.

I hope that the Bolshoi is providing her with 'round-the-clock security.

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To Bonnette:

"According to Microsoft's Babelfish translator, the headline above the video says: "Bolshoi Ballet's Hudruku Owl faces two operations." blink.png (I guess a Hudruku Owl - like the rose by another name - is an Artistic Director.)"

"Hudruku" = the idiotic translation of Russian abbreviation for "Aritistic Director"="hudruk"="HUDozhestvenniy RUKovoditel'"

"Owl" = "Filin". Last name, Filin, is spelled exactly the same as russian word for "owl".

Thank you for explaining this, fan2546!

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Filin seems remarkably positive-wow. Stepanenko seems like as good a choice as any; hopefuly she and Sergei can have a good working dialogue while he's in recovery.

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She was born in 1966 so I'm not sure if Nikiya remains in her rep. She was coached by none other than Semyonova (as was Tsiskaridze) so, yes, Stepanenko was a wonderful Nikiya.

A mere 46 years old, Fonteyn was dancing Bayadere at that age why shouldn't Stepanenko?

In my book the older the ballerina the better.

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She was born in 1966 so I'm not sure if Nikiya remains in her rep. She was coached by none other than Semyonova (as was Tsiskaridze) so, yes, Stepanenko was a wonderful Nikiya.

A mere 46 years old, Fonteyn was dancing Bayadere at that age why shouldn't Stepanenko?

In my book the older the ballerina the better.

Mashinka, is Stepanenko still dancing Nikiya (or any other full-length classical role, for that matter)? Honest question; I have not kept up with her roles of late. Nadezhda Gracheva, from Stepanenko's generation or a tad younger, starred in the opening night of Burlaka's one-act Paquita Grand Pas shortly before her retirement to the coaching ranks (Nov. 2008)...so, yes, older ballerinas most certainly can perform classical roles to the end, especially one-acters or pdds. smile.png

The NYTimes and other latest reports are odd. I don't know what to think, as I've always assumed that Filin and Iksanov were a good team. At this stage, I take everything -- even the NYTimes -- with a grain of salt.

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Natalia, I’m not sure whether Stepanenko is still dancing or not, but I know that the older dancers have been sidelined at the Bolshoi for some time now. Gracheva was treated the same way I believe and the two are of a similar age.

Mentioning the two together always recalls to mind something I witnessed at the Albert Hall in London. During an evening rehearsal prior to a short Bolshoi season in the winter of 1993, I watched both Semenova and Ulanova instructing their pupils, Stepanenko and Gracheva, at the opposite corners of that vast stage. The two great names, both very elderly women then, still kept up the feud that had existed between them for decades and totally ignored one another throughout the evening.

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What a beautiful memory, Mashinka. Thank you for sharing.

Anna Antonicheva is another dancer -- a bit younger than Stepanenko & Gracheva -- who was big in the '90s and early '00s but has danced very little in the past 10 years. We saw her in the divertissement of Ratmansky's Flames and, I believe, as one of the soloists in Burlaka's Paquita.

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