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The [artistic / artistry] director of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre is in hospital because someone [throws / threw] acid in his face. Sergei Filin, 42, was attacked outside his apartment [build / building] as he was going home from work. Moscow police say the attacker was wearing [a / the] mask and that there were no [witnesses / witness] . Mr Filin has severe [burnt / burns] on his face and doctors are [battling / battled] to save his eyesight. A hospital spokesperson said Filin may have to go to a [hospitality / hospital] in Belgium for more treatment. The police believe the [attacker / attack] works for the Bolshoi Ballet. Filin has to make many decisions about who dances and who [doesn’t / does] . Many performers and staff have criticized him for his tough management style.

The Bolshoi is a world-famous ballet company that was [founding / founded] in 1776 by Moscow prosecutor Prince Pyotr Urusov. Russia’s Empress Catherine II [gave / made] the Prince permission [for / to] organize theatre performances, masquerades, balls and other [formed / forms] of entertainment for ten years. It [rose / tulip] to fame in the early 20th century because of the amazing [technical / technique] and [athleticism / athletes] of its dancers. Today, it is the largest company in the world, with around 220 dancers. Mr Filin became the Bolshoi’s [principle / principal] dancer in 1990 and [stayed / staid] in the position for nearly two decades. He became the company’s artistic director in 2008. He won [much / many] awards, including the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation award in 2001.

 


 
 

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