The Bolshoi Theater allegedly canceled a ballet's world premiere after Russia's culture minister complained about ‘gay propaganda’
The Bolshoi Theater canceled the world premiere of a new ballet by director Kirill Serebrennikov on direct orders from Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, a source told the news agency TASS.
Someone reportedly close to the Culture Ministry told TASS that Medinsky personally intervened after deciding that Serebrennikov’s new ballet, “Nureyev,” contains so-called “gay propaganda,” based on the fact that most of the ballet’s actors would have performed with exposed genitals. The show’s set design also would have included a fully naked photograph of Rudolf Nureyev, the Soviet ballet dancer who defected to the West in 1961.
Officials in Russia’s Culture Ministry have refused to comment on the allegations.