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Bolshoi Theater actor killed in Russian theater crash: NPR


An artist was killed on Saturday during a performance at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, pictured here in a photo from May 2020.

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Bolshoi Theater actor killed in Russian theater crash: NPR

An artist was killed on Saturday during a performance at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, pictured here in a photo from May 2020.

YURI KADOBNOV / AFP via Getty Images

An actor performing at Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theater was killed in an accident on Saturday, the venue announced on social media.

The man has been identified as Evgenia Sergeevich Kulesh, 38.

“We express our sincere condolences to family and friends,” the theater said in a statement translated from Russian. “The time and place of the separation will be announced later.”

According to the BBC, a video shows Kulesh crushed by a piece of scenery during a change of scene, as his fellow performers frantically waved their arms for the team to lift the actor’s frame.

The accident occurred during a performance of Sadko, an opera by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, several media reported. The Bolshoi canceled a performance of Sadko on Sunday.

Theater officials closed the curtains in the moments after the crash and canceled the show soon after, Russian state-backed news network RT reported.

Forensic experts were dispatched to the theater and the Russian investigation committee said it was investigating the crash, the network said.

The Bolshoi is no stranger to tragedy. A former dancer was sentenced to six years in prison for orchestrating an acid attack on the artistic director of the theater in 2013. Also that year, a veteran violinist died after falling into the orchestra pit of the Bolshoi.

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