Pavel Dmitrichenko pleads not guilty.
Proceedings were adjourned to Thursday after the three men heard and responded to the charges.
Zarutsky and Andrei Lipatov, who is accused of driving the car used to transport the attacker, face 12 years in prison on charges of wilfully inflicting grievous bodily harm. Zarutsky told the court he carried out the crime alone and that Dmitrichenko and Lipatov had nothing to do with it. Lipatov pleaded not guilty. However, prosecutors argue Dmitrichenko had planned the crime as he was unhappy with how Filin assigned roles. Previous reports claimed the dancer wanted revenge after his girlfriend, soloist Anzhelina Vorontsova, was denied a major role in Swan Lake by Filin
Guards brought Dmitrichenko and the suspected attacker, Yuri Zarutsky, handcuffed into a Moscow court room and locked them in a metal cage with a third defendant at the start of a case that has tarnished the reputation of a prime Russian cultural symbol.
The socialite Ksenia Sobchak wrote on her blog that Tsiskaridze had been appointed after pressure from government figures on the academy. Tsiskaridze's powerful admirers include the wife of Sergei Chemezov, a top Russian official and old friend of Vladimir Putin. Sobchak says Chemezov's wife put pressure on the culture ministry to ensure that her favourite gained a new top job.