MOSCOW — The Bolshoi Ballet appointed a temporary artistic director Tuesday to oversee the company while Sergei Filin recovers from an acid attack that disfigured his face and injured his eyes.
Galina Stepanenko, a prize-winning dancer with the Bolshoi since 1990, was presented as the interim director at a meeting of the troupe Tuesday. Anatoly Iksanov, the general director, said she would guide the company until Filin, who was attacked late Thursday, returns to work. Stepanenko, a teacher and choreographer, began her career with the Moscow Classical Ballet in 1984.
Doctors have said Filin, 42, faces at least six months of recovery, including rounds of plastic surgery. He had one eye operation last week, and two more procedures were scheduled for this week.
In an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published Tuesday, Filin said that he was more worried about his sight than his looks and that at this point he can see very little.