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New director appointed to Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre
July 9, 2013, 2:57 pm

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Vladimir Urin has been appointed as the new director of Russia’s most famous theatre – the Bolshoi.

Prior to the Bolshoi, Vladimir Urin was the head of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical theatre in Moscow.

“This appointment is part of our vision to reinvigorate the cultural sphere. We believe Urin will be able to unite the Bolshoi company,” Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky said while introducing the new head to the theatre.

Urin said he is not planning on any radical changes.

“I’m not planning on any revolution. The transition from one manager to another should be in a civilised, normal, calm and businesslike manner,” he said.

Vladimir Urin’s predecessor Anatoly Iksanov headed the theatre for 13 years.

The Bolshoi Theatre was established in 1776 by Catherine the Great and has been Russia’s mainstay of the artistic scene ever since.

However, the recent history of the theatre is marred by scandals, blackmail, sackings and most recently the infamous acid attack on Sergei Filin, the theatre’s artistic director.

The Bolshoi theatre was recently renovated and has started online translations of ballet to world cinemas.

By Daria Chernyshova in Moscow, Russia for The BRICS POST, with inputs from Agencies

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