"He took artistic liberties and wouldn't allow them to be censored by anyone and he published illustrated books with erotic but artistic pictures," Sarkissova wrote in an open letter to the press.
"Our bodies belong to our art, as does the way we use them," said Sarkissova, who is married, adding that the pictures portrayed a "symbiosis of strength and aesthetics".
Meyer, who proclaimed himself shocked by Sarkissova's erotic posing, caved in and reinstated the ballerina. Originally he said that "Sarkissova's actions were incompatible with the dignity of a great cultural institution" .
When Sarkissova told the public that the opera house had commissioned a ballet, "Bella Figura", with topless dancers, the media and public wondered why Sarkissova's photographs created such an outcry and dismissal when Legris himself appeared naked which did not lead to his dismissal from the Paris Opera.
It appears that the ballerina should have asked permission first before posing, or so the Direction of the Opera now claims, Sarkissova apologized for having neglected to do so and is back at the Staatsopern Ballet, hoping, naturally, to be awarded a role in the coming nude ballet "Bella Figura". Since the 1960s.
nudity has not been considered outrageous in contemporary dance, and is not uncommon even in other theatrical productions, primarily in European houses.
Sarkissova said: "I felt discriminated against, both as a woman and as a prima ballerina with over 10 years of professional experience, just because I dared to display my femininity with pride. Prudishness and small-mindedness have no place in art and I stand for the courage to be erotically provocative."
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Nudity and /or erotica have had their place in magazines, dedicated to the Arts or not - think Playboy, Penthouse, etc. worldwide.