Russian nationalists are fearful of homosexual propaganda
The late Rudolf Nureyev was a russian homosexual. He died in 1993 from complications caused by AIDS.
One of four children, Nureyev was the only son. He trained with Alexander Pushkin at Vaganova Academy in Leningrad (Sankt Petersburg). This dancer grew into one of the most talented ballerinas.
He also defected in 1961. Demanding political asylum at the LeBourget airport, Nureyev only returned to Russia later in his life.
The Bolshoi Ballet Company arranged a show based on Nureyev’s life. The government is putting pressure on the company to postpone any performances of this show. Apparently, a recorded video of the companies rehearsal was leaked.
Male dancers in women’s high heel shoes outraged many. The ballet company announced the postponement of all performances. The excuse they claim, was the need for more rehearsal time. However, some believe the pressure and media coverage shut it down.
Could it just be they are afraid of encouraging a gay lifestyle in a society so largely overpowered by nationalists and government control?
Homophobia – A law banning anything seen as “gay propaganda” passed in 2013.
Claiming dedication to family values, this law was installed to protect children. Some say it is anti-gay. Still, the law stands as a moral gauge of information introduced to children.
The government wants to control what they see in public media. All the while, homophobic violence has increased. The city of Moscow has gone so far as to refuse authorization for gay pride parades.
The bill addresses the protection of children and any information that harms their health and development. This includes but is not limited to propaganda of any form of non-traditional relationship.
There remains a censor on distribution. Any materials soliciting or publicizing sexual relations is closely monitored. Especially sex relating to anything other than what is considered traditional.
The building that houses the Ballet Company is regarded as one of the main sights in Moscow. The theater officially opened on the coronation day of the Tzar, Alexander the Second, in 1856.
It has hosted masquerade balls, dramatic troupes, operas, guest stars from abroad and more. Besides this, in 2002 the theater added a New Stage. Evidently, a reconstruction project began in 2005 reinstating features from the original building that had decayed.
The Bolshoi theater joins the ranks of the most technically advanced theaters in the world.
A wooden ceiling replaces the iron. Wood panels for better acoustics line the walls. Furthermore, everything in the auditorium was decorated with acoustics in mind. More space incorporates view boxes with anterooms. Additionally, some host small drawing rooms for more entertainment.
Consequently, the theater now accommodates almost 2300 people. Lighting, of course, was also a consideration in the design and remodel. Unstable foundation and lack of space remain the main problems with the building.
The building is a beauty to behold. It remains a Russian symbol and an elegant reminder of continued contribution to the arts, both past, and present. To this day many contribute to the theater’s upkeep and continued performances.