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The Bolshoi Theater is seen during the opening ceremony in Moscow on Oct. 28, 2011. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
The Bolshoi Theater is seen during the opening ceremony in Moscow on Oct. 28, 2011. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Princeton University music historian Simon Morrison (@simonm1) joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss his book "Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today."

Morrison says the renowned Bolshoi has recovered after an acid attack blinded its director four years ago. He describes how the institution has created inspiring art — despite frequent turmoil — throughout its 241-year history.

General view of the hall from the Bolshoi Theater stage in Moscow. (Alexander Natruskin/AFP/Getty Images)
General view of the hall from the Bolshoi Theater stage in Moscow. (Alexander Natruskin/AFP/Getty Images)

Book Excerpt: 'Bolshoi Confidential'

Russian dancer Svetlana Zakharova (center) and the Bolshoi ballet dancers perform during a rehearsal for a new production of Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty" by Russian choreographer Yuri Grigorovich at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on Nov. 16, 2011. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian dancer Svetlana Zakharova (center) and the Bolshoi ballet dancers perform during a rehearsal for a new production of Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty" by Russian choreographer Yuri Grigorovich at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on Nov. 16, 2011. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)
Dancers participate in a dress rehearsal of the ballet "Le Corsaire" by composer Adolphe Adam and directed by Alexei Ratmanski on the stage of Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on June 19, 2007. (Vladimir Fedorenko/AFP/Getty Images)
Dancers participate in a dress rehearsal of the ballet "Le Corsaire" by composer Adolphe Adam and directed by Alexei Ratmanski on the stage of Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on June 19, 2007. (Vladimir Fedorenko/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on Oct. 24, 2011 during a media tour in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow shows journalists observing the auditorium. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on Oct. 24, 2011 during a media tour in the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow shows journalists observing the auditorium. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Excerpted from the book BOLSHOI CONFIDENTIAL by Simon Morrison. Copyright © 2016 by Simon Morrison. Copyright © 2016 by Simon Morrison. Reprinted by permission of Liveright Publishing.

This segment aired on February 8, 2017.

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