Artistic freedoms vs controversy…
Routine choreographed by Ilya Averbukh, who is Jewish; inspired by Oscar-winner Life is Beautiful
By Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press Posted: Nov 28, 2016 9:57 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016 9:57 AM ET
An Olympic ice-dancing gold medallist and her on-ice partner have caused controversy by dressing up in concentration camp uniforms for a dance routine on a popular television show.
Tatiana Navka, who is the wife of Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, and dancing partner Andrei Burkovsky, appeared in Saturday’s episode of Ice Age dressed in striped uniforms bearing yellow six-pointed stars and heavily made-up to look bruised and frail.
Their routine, which aired on state-owned Channel One, was based on Life is Beautiful, the Academy Award-winning Italian movie about a Jewish father who pretends for the sake of his small son that their internment in a Nazi camp is just a game.
Navka’s Instagram account soon was flooded with indignant comments….