Rite of Spring – a tragic story

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What was to be the celebration of the ballet’s hundredth anniversary has now turned into utter tragedy. Initially scheduled for the 31st March, the live screening of ‘The Rite of Spring’ at the Eden Cinema has been cancelled due to shocking and unforeseen circumstances.  Mr. Sergei Filin, the artistic Director of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, was savagely assaulted when a man threw acid into his face. Consequently, Mr Filin has endured extreme pain as a result of third-degree burns as well as several surgical procedures. Circumstances have taken a turn for the worse as it seems probable that the Director will lose sight in one eye. Moreover, it has been suggested that his recovery will take a minimum of six months.

Owing to this dreadful tragedy, a decision has been made by the Bolshoi Theatre together with choreographer Wayne McGregor to postpone the production. It is for this reason that the live screening of ‘The Rite of Spring’ has been cancelled worldwide, and also at the Eden Cinemas. The production has been put on hold and a new date will only be established once the artistic Director has made a full recovery and is able to return to the theatre. Nevertheless, the horror of such an event makes it highly unlikely that the production will ever take place.

On behalf of The Bolshoi Theatre together with Pathé Live, Eden Cinemas would like to express their deepest apologies to all loyal followers for the cancellation of the production’s live screening. For those who have already purchased tickets for ‘The Rite of Spring’, a full refund will be provided.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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