All-Star Dance Meets Russian Melodrama

The Moscow Ballet is in the midst of a massive 75-city tour featuring 100 dancers culled from Russia’s various professional troupes. A few bumps in the road are only to be expected during such a long tour, of course, but the Russians seem to be facing more than a couple of minor crises. “A disgruntled former director and performer, Valery Lantratov, has issued a couple of angry e-mails to the press complaining of ‘an unacceptable contract which infringed on the rights of the artists’ and ‘discontent with the marketing practices’ that included allegations of false advertising.”