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Makhar Vaziev to direct Bolshoi Ballet

Posted on October 26, 2015

Makhar Vaziev has been appointed ballet director at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, Reuters reports. This is a newly-defined position: Vaziev follows outgoing artistic director Sergei Filin, who suffered a horrific acid attack in 2013.

Vaziev, 54, is currently director of the ballet company of La Scala, Milan. Trained at St Petersburg’s Vaganova Academy, Vaziev joined the Maryinsky Ballet in 1981, and was appointed principal dancer in 1989. He directed the Maryinsky from 1995 to 2008, when he took over at La Scala. He is due to take up his new position at the Bolshoi Ballet in March 2016.

Vladimir Urin, the theatre’s director general, said in July that Filin’s contract would not be renewed, and that his successor would have a less wide-ranging role.

Picture: The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. Photograph: Andrew Bayda,

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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