On Saturday, an actor performing at Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Theatre was killed in an accident, the venue announced on social media.
The victim was identified as 38-year-old Evgenia Sergeevich Kulesh.
The theatre said in a press conference translated from Russian. We express deep condolences to the family and friends,” The time and place of parting will be announced later.”
A report by BBC, video shows Kulesh being crushed by a piece of the set during a scene change, as his fellow performers frantically waved their arms to get the crew to lift the structure off the actor.
This incident occurred during a performance of Sadko, an opera by the Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, multiple outlets reported. The Bolshoicancelled a performance of Sadko on Sunday.
Following the accident the theatre officials closed the curtains in the moment and called off the show shortly after, Russia’s state-backed news network RT reported.
The Russian Investigative committee said it was looking into the accident and Forensics experts were dispatched to the theatre, the network said.
The Bolshoi is no stranger to tragedy. A former dancer was sentenced to six years in a penal colony for orchestrating an acid attack on the theater’s artistic director in 2013. Also that year, a veteran violist died after falling into the Bolshoi’s orchestra pit.