Bolshoi megastar Olga Smirnova quits Russian troupe over Ukraine invasion

One among Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet’s megastar ballerinas, Olga Smirnova, has left the distinguished troupe to sign up for the Dutch Nationwide Ballet in Amsterdam, turning into the primary Russian dancer to formally take shelter in every other corporate because the invasion of Ukraine.

“Smirnova has been very transparent in her fresh denunciation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which makes her paintings in her local nation untenable,” the Dutch Nationwide Ballet mentioned in a remark Wednesday.

The prima ballerina used her inaugural Telegram submit to expound upon her determination.

“The purpose isn’t even that most likely each and every 2nd Russian has relations or pals residing in Ukraine, no longer that my grandfather is Ukrainian, and I’m 1 / 4 Ukrainian, however that we proceed to are living within the twentieth century, even if nominally in XXI.”

“I by no means concept that I’d be embarrassed about Russia,” the submit persevered.

“I’ve all the time been happy with the proficient Russian other people, our cultural and wearing achievements. However now the road is drawn at the earlier than and after. And it hurts that persons are loss of life, whilst others are disadvantaged of a roof over their heads or compelled to go away their houses.”

The Dutch Nationwide Ballet added:

“Smirnova selected to settle within the Netherlands as a result of a collaboration with Dutch Nationwide Ballet has lengthy been on her want record.”

Her first look together with her new corporate might be within the ballet vintage Raymonda, which premieres on 3 April.

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