African-American ballet star Misty Copeland destroys Russian dancers who turned black during the rehearsal
African-American ballet star Misty Copeland accuses Russian dancers of black-up during rehearsal as director of the famous Bolshoi Academy her & # 39; absurd & # 39; rejects criticism
- Copeland destroyed Russian colleagues & # 39; s at the famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy
- Shared a photo of two women in black face during a rehearsal of La Bayadère
- Copeland, who has 1.8 million followers, said: & # 39; This is the reality of the ballet world & # 39;
African-American ballerina Misty Copeland destroyed her Russian counterparts at the famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy because she was blackout during a rehearsal.
The 37-year-old, who became the first black head dancer at the American Ballet Theater, shared the image with her 1.8 million Instagram followers and said: & # 39; This is the reality of the ballet world. & # 39;
Her Russian counterparts at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow rehearsed La Bayadère, a silent tragedy that took place in India, first performed in 1877.
Bolshoi Theater director Vladimir Urin told the RIA Novosti news agency: & # 39; The Bayadère ballet has been performed thousands of times in this production in Russia and abroad, and the Bolshoi Theater will not be involved in such a discussion. & # 39;
Bolshoi spokeswoman Katerina Novikova added: & # 39; Our director said: & # 39; We do not comment on absurd statements & # 39;. & # 39;
Misty Copeland, 37, shared the image with her 1.8 million Instagram followers and said: & # 39; This is the reality of the ballet world & # 39;
During her career, Copeland has been an avid critic of the lack of diversity in the ballet world and of wider racing relationships in the US (photo: Copeland attends the American Music Awards 2019 at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California)
The Copeland post provoked strong reactions from the entire dance world and later tweeted: & I understand that this is a VERY sensitive subject in the ballet world. But until we can call people and make people uncomfortable, no change can take place. & # 39;
She seems to have placed the image again after it was uploaded by the Russian dancer who has since deleted her Instagram page.
But while thousands were furious about the black face that the Russians wore, others tried to explain that this was the norm in La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) performances.
Bolshoi director Urin said: & # 39; Finding some kind of deep insults in this is just ridiculous … No one has ever complained to us or seen an act of disrespect. & # 39;
Meanwhile, the Russian prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova 24 told Moscow: & # 39; There is nothing strange going on, it is absolutely normal for us … this is art. & # 39;
Despite a certain setback, Copeland said: & I understand that this is a VERY sensitive subject in the ballet world. But until we can call people and make people uncomfortable, no change can take place & # 39;
Throughout her career, Copeland has been an avid critic of the lack of diversity in the ballet world and of wider racial relationships in the US.
La Bayadère tells the story of temple dancer Nikiya and her warrior lover Solor.
The temple virgin is also desired by the High Brahmin who intends to take revenge on Solor and thus follows a tragic story in which the lovers will only be reunited in the hereafter.
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