Dancers backstage during a rehearsal in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, June 11, 2019.
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
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Makhar Vaziev's workday begins before he sets foot inside his office in the famed Bolshoi Theater.Vaziev has since restored a sense of calm and order to the Bolshoi.Vaziev's pursued this task at the Bolshoi as well, believing Russian ballet must stay firmly rooted in what it does best -- the classics.It's an intense existence, says Gradova, calculating she's spent 80 percent of her life in the Bolshoi.Then it's on to a final rehearsal of George Balanchine's ballet "Symphony in C".Backstage, the dancers are chalking their ballet shoes. With a repertoire of 42 productions, two complete corps de ballet and about 220 dancers, the Bolshoi is Russia's premier ballet company. Vaziev spends the afternoon at a final run-through of the Bejart ballet "Gaiete Parisienne," whose combination of opera, drama and ballet is groundbreaking for the Bolshoi.
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