The ongoing saga of Harvey Weinstein has led to an outpouring of stories exposing the epidemic of sexual exploitation and harassment in an array of industries, with the Bolshoi the latest to be implicated.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, former prima ballerina Anastasia Volochkova has claimed that the Bolshoi has become “a giant brothel”, with ballerinas providing sexual services to the theatre’s oligarch patrons. She had previously claimed in 2013 that “Girls… take turns… going to a party, with dinner and a follow-up, in bed, and going all the way.”
The bombshell report goes onto state that Volochkova’s allegation is slightly overblown, stressing that ballerinas are reportedly given the choice as to whether they wish to take part in sexual activity with patrons.
They’ve been making jokes about Bolshoi ballerinas sleeping with the boss class since the Tsars. Right through the Politburo days. In a goodly enough number of cases not even jokes, just observations.
That it’s organised might be a little different, as is alleged here. But a constantly rotating cast of fit young birds coming up from the provinces, paid appallingly (corps de ballet, as with the chorus in other forms of musical theatre, ain’t paid well), hmm, we’re surprised it turns into a girlfriend farm for rich old blokes?
There was at least one English Duchess who got her start this way. As did Emma Hamilton. And Nell Gwynn. Add in that this is Russia…..