Sunday, June 9, 2013

Ballet as setting of Russian political drama

Daniel Sarabia and Patricia Delgado. Swan Lake Pas de Deux at Miami City Ballet.
On Thursday evening, a television reporter approached Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, in the Grand Kremlin Palace. The First Couple was leaving after the first act of the ballet “La Esmeralda.” After a few minutes of small talk about music and dancing, she asked a most impossible question: Why did they appear so rarely in public together? Putin’s response, confirmed by his wife: they had decided it was time for them to divorce. This is not the first time ballet happened to be the setting for a Russian personal and political drama: back in August, 1991, state television was playing “Swan Lake” just as Communists attempted a coup.

The Putin Divorce: What Russia’s Rulers Hide by Masha Lipman for The New Yorker

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