History never dies… it only pauses so we can continue.
Catherine the Great had the first Bolshoi Theater built in 1776. When Danae and I stayed in Moscow, our hotel was situated two blocks behind the Bolshoi, the artists who were working on the interior had invited me to take a peek at the work which was going on, it was incredible to say the least, the work involved the restoration of the Imperial Crest of Tsar Alexander II which the Communist logo had covered for some 70 odd years… the building was a physical witness to the brutal overthrow of Tsar Nicholas II along with the murder of his family during the Bolshevik revolution in 1917.
Russian Art & History is my second passion after South America and the opening last week was spectacular, it’s all leading up to Russia’s resurgence back into the capitalist world of Sports, Fashion and Entertainment on a Grand scale… hmmm, maybe I should stamp all my products “Made in Russia” since the USA is rather quickly becoming a serfdom of China.
Valentin Yudashkin, one of Russia’s top fashion designers exclaimed, “The atmosphere is fantastic, the fact the theater got finished is great.” …however Nikolai Tsiskaridze, the Bolshoi’s principal dancer, has repeatedly told Russian media that the old Theatre’s interior has been replaced with even “cheaper materials and fabric”… Aaahh yea… good to know he’s still a reigning prima donna.