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Updated: Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:58:15 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Bolshoi Ballet opens new season amid scandal



Dancer Oscar Chacon, center, performs a scene of the new production of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.The renowned Russian theater celebrates the ballet's centennial anniversary by staging the new production and reviving three classic ones by Vaslav Nijinsky, Maurice Bejart and Pina Bausch. (© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Dancer Oscar Chacon, center, performs a scene of the new production of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.The renowned Russian theater celebrates the ballet's centennial anniversary by staging the new production and reviving three classic ones by Vaslav Nijinsky, Maurice Bejart and Pina Bausch. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) The Associated Press

The latest production of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet opens its new season in Moscow just as a former principal dancer heads to trial, accused of masterminding a horrific acid attack on the company's artistic director.

CBC's Jean-Francois Belanger reports how  the incident has lifted the lid on the dark and murky world inside the Bolshoi with tales of rivalry, jealousy, cronyism and widespread corruption.

Art critic Nastassia Astrasheuskaya says the revelations have stained the Bolshoi's reputation.

"It's lost mainly it's aura. It's fairytale magic image. Now, it's become too earthly."

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