Horrific news out of Moscow that Bolshoi Ballet Artistic Director Sergei Filin was attacked late Thursday evening by a masked assailant, who threw a bottle of acid in his face. Lots of speculation at this moment that the attackers were enemies of Filin’s from the ballet. It’s hard for us to imagine that artistic jealousies could turn so brutal and internecine. As we certainly know all too well in this country, violence breaks out for many reasons, impossible to understand or justify.
Reports say Filin has third degree burns on his face and might lose his eyesight. According to the Arts Desk’s Ismene Brown, Filin has been flown to a special burn facility in Belgium for more advanced medical treatment. Reading various newspaper reports, it sounds as though the city is in an uproar over the attack, which hopefully will spur the police and officials to catch and round up all the perpetrators.