The investigations around Gogol Centre and the cancellation of July’s premiere at the Bolshoi are “obviously linked” by homophobia, insists Pecheykin: “It’s Russia’s best export.
We don’t manufacture telephones and rockets keep falling out of the sky, but our homophobia is flying high.” Pecheykin recalls the day Serebrennikov told him about the fate of at the Gogol Centre.
Russia’s political elite seems far from united on the affair.The influential former deputy prime minister Alexei Kudrin and current presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov were both in the audience and uttered words of support. Tatiana Navka is def one of the greats - but don't use ice dancing (by default, cheesy & irreverent) to portray the Holocaust!#WTF https://t.co/i0Iv1x JCai — Hind Makki (@Hind Makki) November 27, 2016 Navka posted stills from the performance on her Instagram in a move to defend the action, saying (per Google Translate), "Based on one of my favorite movies, "Life is beautiful!With partner Roman Kostomarov, she is the 2006 Olympic champion, a two-time World champion (2004–05), a three-time Grand Prix Final champion (2003–05), and a three-time European champion (2004–06).
Earlier in her career, she competed for the Soviet Union and Belarus.But there was also one clear absence from the old version of the production, seen in leaked rehearsal videos.In those videos, the most famous picture from Avedon’s photoshoot – Nureyev in full-frontal mode – was projected onto a large backdrop screen.He was not allowed to play any direct role in the final preparations of the ballet.State investigators accuse him of embezzling 68m roubles (£850,000).Looking at the audience, you could be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about.