Dismissed Ballet Star Sues Bolshoi

Ballerina Anastasia Volochkova has filed suit against the Bolshoi Ballet after being fired last month for being “too heavy.” “Russia’s Labour Ministry said the dancer’s firing violated Russian labour laws and called on the Bolshoi to reinstate her. But the ministry acknowledged that the final decision rested with the theatre, and the Bolshoi has refused to budge. ‘Unfortunately, I have to do it because I am seeking justice and want to assert my rights as well as the rights of other artists’.”