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Bolshoi Babylon [Preview]

Photo Credit: HBO

Photo Credit: HBO

What seemed to start out as a shocking tragedy — the artistic director of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Filin, was attacked with acid — soon exposed the scandals and infighting plaguing the iconic institution. Male soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko was arrested and charged with the crime, much to the surprise of the public. Was it inevitable that this company defined by personality clashes, power struggles and professional jealousy behind the scenes would implode like this?

Photo Credit: HBO

Photo Credit: HBO

Featuring backstage footage, breathtaking performances and illuminating interviews with Bolshoi dancers and power players, Bolshoi Babylon examines a storied cultural institution struggling to survive tempestuous politics inside and outside theater walls.

Bolshoi Babylon premieres Monday, December 21st at 9/8c on HBO.

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