Ms. Smirnova revealed a prolonged submit this month to Telegram, the messaging app well-liked in Russia, through which she stated she opposed the conflict “with all of the fibers of my soul.” One among her grandfathers was Ukrainian, she stated, however insisted that was not the only real motive for her opposition. “I by no means thought I’d be ashamed of Russia,” she stated, including, “We is probably not on the epicenter of the army battle, however we can’t stay detached to this international disaster.”
A spokeswoman for the Bolshoi, which nonetheless lists Ms. Smirnova amongst its dancers on its website, stated it had no touch upon her departure, besides to substantiate that it was a private resolution.
Ms. Smirnova is certainly one of numerous dancers who’ve left, a minimum of quickly, the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky Ballet, Russia’s different main firm, for the reason that invasion of Ukraine started. However most of these different dancers, together with the Italian Jacopo Tissi, the Brazilian David Motta Soares and the British dancer Xander Parish, haven’t been Russian.
In an interview from Tallinn, Estonia, final week, Mr. Parish, who dances for the Mariinsky, told The Sunday Times, a British newspaper, that he meant to give attention to worldwide visitor appearances for the following few months. “It’s onerous to think about not with the ability to return, however I simply have to maintain constructive and search for alternatives,” he stated.
On Wednesday, the Dutch Nationwide Ballet stated that Victor Caixeta, a Brazilian soloist on the Mariinsky Ballet, had additionally joined the corporate. “The present circumstances have meant I’ve needed to make the onerous resolution of leaving Russia — the place I’ve referred to as residence for nearly 5 years,” Mr. Caixeta stated in a press release.