Graham Watts

War in Ukraine is tearing the world of ballet apart

A police officer stands guard in front of the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow (Getty images)

Throughout the Cold War, ballet was the gilded bridge that connected the USSR to the West. World leaders visiting Moscow were routinely taken to the Bolshoi Theatre, a stone’s throw from the Kremlin, to see the great Russian dancers, such as Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya. The latter described her experiences as being a bird in a golden cage, exhibited for the pleasure of visiting dignitaries. But

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Graham Watts
Graham Watts is Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Council; chair of the Industry’s Competence Steering Group; and co-lead of the Construction Leadership Council’s Building Safety workstream. He is also Chairman of the Dance Section of The Critics’ Circle and of the UK National Dance Awards. He was appointed OBE in 2008.

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