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Bolshoi, under the exacting eye of Makhar Vaziev

With his Big Brother method of supervision, there is anticipation the ballet director will change the traditional company

Mr Vaziev (above) said that what really attracted him to the Bolshoi was its scale, of both its productions and its ambitions.

Semyon Chudin and Olga Smirnova of the Bolshoi Ballet during a rehearsal.


SOON after becoming the ballet director at the Bolshoi Theatre, Makhar Vaziev installed a large flat-screen television next to his desk that allows him to monitor the rehearsal rooms and the two main stages - the screen divided into nine squares.

On a recent afternoon, as...

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