Vishneva posted the full statement in English to her public Facebook Page
Here is my statement in reference of recent changes at Vaganova Ballet Academy:
"The Vaganova Academy means a lot for the world of ballet and for me personally. It is hugely disappointing that the leadership change may have been used as a bargaining chip for the dealings that had nothing to do with the school itself.
I am equally outraged with the lack of grace this change was carried out. This sentiment is being shared by all those who treasure the ballet tradition of the school, those who teach there and those who represent the school on stage and spread the love of ballet that was engrained in them by the school.
There were neither compelling reasons for the change in school's leadership nor there was a dialogue with the ballet professionals of St Petersburg. Simply put and at a very minimum, one has to have suitable academic credentials to become the Dean of the Vaganovsk Academy. And above all, leading the school involves dealing with the fragility of children and its leader has to be morally irreproachable.
I would so much like to believe that this is not the end of the great school."
What is happening to them is a complete disgrace and they deserve major appointments in Russia if anywhere. They should be staying where they are at Vaganova, where they have both done outstanding jobs, regardless of the disgraceful attempts to blacken Altynai's reputation This should not be happening at all.
But it is, and it is entirely up to Tsiskaridze whether to allow them to stay at all. If he does allow them to stay, they might not like what he offers.
Their daughter Nastya is not a pet dog, but a 20 year old woman with thoughts, feelings and a career of her own, and who worked hard for 9 years at Vaganova to get into Mariinsky Theatre ...
Whether it is still comfortable for her there after what happened to her parents is questionable. She may want to join them somewhere else, or she may want to stay. Other dancers who worked hard for 9 years at Vaganova to get into the Mariinsky Ballet have left, and other dancers who worked hard for 9 years at Vaganova to get into the Mariinsky Ballet thought better of it and never joined.
If the school in Moscow has really deteriorated, perhaps Moscow would snap them up. Considering how many Mariinsky trained dancers are joining the Bolshoi, they could cut out the middleman and give them the same excellent training as students.