Dance: Brouhaha at the Bolshoi

Two more visiting dancers make a grand jeté to freedom

Among problems caused for the Bolshoi Ballet by the defection of Alexander Godunov in New York City last month was finding a replacement for the company's most charismatic performer.

Obviously, political reliability was as important as artistic talent. As the Bolshoi doggedly continued its tour to Chicago and Los Angeles, Artistic Director Yuri Grigorovich settled on a little-known principal to substitute for Godunov Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. For Grigorovich, the choice proved a disastrous mistake. Leonid Kozlov was intent on playing Godunov's role to the hilt. Following the troupe's last American curtain...

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