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Bolshoi sarcophagi?

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Looking at the Bolshoi's website, it sounds to me as though they're reconstructing the orchestra pit and substage, which over the years have been braced with concrete, and replacing the artificial stone with wood, thereby creating a "sounding board" effect. Maybe that's what's meant here.

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Hello to everybody.

The word “sarcophagi” was never used in Russian articles about Bolshoi reconstruction. So I suggested this question to members of a Russian ballet forum. The only answer was given and almost immediately. After Chernobyl the word “sarcophagi” was used for the building which was constructed to surround the dangerous reactor. Bolshoi as is planned will be surrounded by an underground wall of concrete to protect the theater from underground waters (there is a river flow in this site). Probably, a person who translated the article, used ‘”sarcophagi” in this sense. On the other hand if this interpretation is correct, he/she had to use "sarcophagus", not the plurial.

Another answer was given also to support your jokes: Bolshoi’s sarcophagi is the place where the Pharaoh’s Daughters will live as now their lodging is in an awful state - please have a look at the photo.

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I suspect that what they are constructing is a diaphragm wall (which is what they did after Chernobyl). This would allow the basement to be kept dry and it's a fairly standard technique for that kind of situation. Cofferdams work on the same principle, but they tend to be used only as temporary structures and actually in waterways ( for building structures such as bridge piers) where they allow construction in the (relative) dry.

However, all that concrete could supply cover for all kinds of things - though I'm told that bodies encased in concrete can eventually cause voids which weaken the structure ....................... I don't think we should go there. You really don't want to know any more!

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