Art Critics

Did anybody pay attention to either of these sordid little anecdotes?

A star dancer at the Bolshoi has been questioned by police over a brutal acid attack that left the theatre’s ballet director struggling to regain his sight.  Police said they questioned Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a principal dancer, as a witness in the assault on Sergei Filin on Wednesday.

how-to-be-a-clever-film-criticA masked assailant threw sulphuric acid in Filin’s face last week in a late-night attack that has shocked the country. Filin, as well as the leadership of the Bolshoi, have repeatedly insisted the attack was linked to his work as the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet.

The horrific attack has exposed the poisonous atmosphere inside Russia’s most famous theatre.– Guardian.co.uk

Seems pretty harsh, doesn’t it?  I mean, if you don’t care for his work as an artist and director, couldn’t you just send a nasty note to a newspaper or cultural blog, and maybe not buy tickets for s season?  Or hire some too-clever-by-half dipshit to pen a scathing review filled with high-falutin’ obscure references that only the Kool Kids get?

All over Europe they’re worried about soccer hooligans.  Only in Russia do you find the same problem in ballet.

Meanwhile, closer to home:

Bodies found dumped in a well in northeastern Mexico may be those of the 18 musicians and staff of a band that went missing after a Thursday night performance, authorities said.

The members of Kombo Kolombia were reported missing Friday by family members who said they lost contact with the group after it performed at a bar along a highway about 30 miles north of Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon state.

Kombo Kolombia was known to play a style of Colombian music called vallenato, which is related to the imported cumbia genre that is widely popular in Monterrey and now considered a staple of the region’s culture.

“We assume their killers are related to some kind of criminal group,” Valencia said. “They could have played a song someone did not like or said something someone did not like. We don’t know.” — LATimes

Gosh, these northern Mexican narco-terrorists are so sensitive.  Not content to stiff the wait staff or maybe throw a bottle at the stage before walking out, they resort to abduction and murder.  The whole band.  They don’t even spare the back-up singers or lowly bass player.

This makes the staged Rick Ross assassination attempt on Las Olas look even lamer, doesn’t it?  You know you’re in armpit-deep bullshit when the most serious casualty is a diner window.

As appalling as the violence, and tragic in terms of loss of eyesight and life itself, isn’t it rewarding, in purely aesthetic terms, to see people take their art so seriously?  While here in the USA we’re witness to orchestras declaring bankruptcy, museums closing down, ballet companies cashiering their dancers and cancelling seasons because nobody cares enough to provide them with the resources to keep them afloat, artistic endeavor in Mexico and Russia is a matter of life and death.

Say what you will about hatred, it’s a higher spiritual achievement than apathy.

Whoever said The show must go on probably wasn’t thinking of Reality Shows, but the way we’re going, that’s all there’s gonna be.  Where’s the acid and the bullets when you need them?

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One Response to Art Critics

  1. Lois Terms says:

    Sick on every level.

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