Video shows ‘accident waiting to occur’ at the Bolshoi where actor was crushed to death


A video has emerged which seems to present technical issues at the Bolshoi Theatre forward of a efficiency during which an actor was killed.

Performers are seen fleeing the stage throughout a rehearsal as the mechanism decreasing the backdrop seems to malfunction. 

It wobbles and collides with different items of the set as it’s lowered, creaking from above. 

The video, which was shared on a Telegram channel referred to as Devil in Pointe Shoes, was taken at the world well-known Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow throughout rehearsals for the nineteenth century opera Sadko. 

During a efficiency of the similar opera on Saturday night time, actor Yevgeny Kulesh, 38, was killed in entrance of a full home when a two-tonne backdrop crushed him to death.  

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Performers are seen fleeing the stage throughout a rehearsal as the mechanism decreasing the backdrop seems to malfunction

During the efficiency on Saturday, actors have been seen frantically waving their fingers to alert workers to the incident, whereas screams of ‘Get a physician! Call an ambulance, somebody obtained hit by the backdrop!’ rang out round the corridor as actor Yevgeny Kulesh lay trapped

The Telegram channel alleged: ‘There have been issues with backdrops at rehearsals….

‘No one cared to change something.’   

The report additionally alleged a cover up over Kulesh’s death, and referred to as for the senior administration at the illustrious theatre to resign.

Instead of equipping the shifting components of the surroundings with ‘movement sensors’, money was wasted elsewhere, claimed the account. 

Nikolai Tsiskardze, a former principal dancer at the theatre, informed Russian newspaper Komsomolkaya Pravda following Kulesh’s death that the company’s actors, dancers and employees endure frequent accidents and near-misses on account of the harmful working circumstances.

‘Backstage is hell,’ stated Tsiskardze.

‘Dancers injury their legs when units and staircases fall over. I’ve been screaming about the issues of the Bolshoi for 25 years. There isn’t any order, no drugs, no ethics.’

‘We are all serfs!’ Tsiskardze exclaimed, evaluating the therapy of theatre employees to that of the lowest peasant class in tsarist Russia.

‘We should not blame Yevgeny or discover a scapegoat.’ 

Actor Yevgeny Kulesh, 38, in some way turned trapped beneath the backdrop and was subsequently crushed to death

It is believed that Kulesh – who had carried out at the theatre since 2002 – walked the incorrect approach throughout a set change on Saturday after which couldn’t get out of the approach of the backdrop in time.

The orchestra abruptly stopped taking part in as actors started screaming for assist, whereas bemused spectators thought they have been witnessing a part of the efficiency earlier than the full horror of what was occurring dawned on them.  

Kulesh had been performing with the theatre company for nearly the entirety of his grownup life in a career spanning virtually twenty years

Ushers then emptied the auditorium as actors pleaded with stage-hands to increase the backdrop so medics may get to Kulesh.

But medics stated nothing could possibly be completed to assist the actor, who was pronounced lifeless at the scene.

Moscow’s Investigative Committee stated it’s probing the death, whereas former Bolshoi Theatre actors have condemned the working circumstances at the world-famous venue. 

The footage shared on-line shows panicked performers pleading with workers to carry the surroundings that had fallen on prime of Kulesh, as the orchestral music stopped abruptly and actors started screaming.   

Actors could be seen frantically waving their fingers to alert workers to the tragedy, whereas screams of ‘Stop, Stop! Call an ambulance, somebody obtained hit by the backdrop! There’s blood!’ rang out round the corridor as Kulesh lay trapped.  

An esteemed actor and stalwart of the Bolshoi Theatre, Kulesh had carried out with the company for nearly all of his grownup life over the course of practically twenty years.

‘It was terrible,’ one witness wrote on Facebook after she was ushered out of the theatre.

‘We arrived at the Bolshoi Theatre and sat in our seats. Then instantly, when the surroundings went down throughout the very first scene, somebody shouted: ”Doctor! We want an ambulance shortly, somebody fell below the surroundings!”

‘The orchestra fell silent and the curtains have been closed.’

Kulesh died throughout a set change in Sadko, an nineteenth century opera by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

The incident occurred on Saturday night at Moscow’s world-famous Bolshoi Theatre throughout an opera efficiency

The witness added that the viewers have been informed by the theatre the efficiency was stopped due to technical difficulties, however she came upon that Kulesh had been killed after talking to safety guards on the approach out of the theatre. 

Other theatregoers on social media stated that they first thought they have been witnessing a staged trick, nevertheless it shortly turned obvious what was occurring when the different performers reacted in horror. 

It just isn’t the first time that Bolshoi Theatre employees have been killed or injured throughout a efficiency.

In 2013, a senior violinist – Viktor Sedov, who had performed violin at the theatre for 4 a long time – died after falling into the orchestra pit.

Ballet soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko – previously a principal dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre – was jailed for six years for organising an acid assault on the company’s creative director simply two years prior.