Russian movie director denounces ‘homicide’ of his former theatre

Russia’s celebrated movie director Kirill Serebrennikov, who left the nation after criticizing its offensive in Ukraine, has accused the authorities of “murdering” his former theatre that he had constructed right into a prime cultural venue. On Wednesday night, Moscow authorities introduced a change of management at quite a lot of the capital’s prime theatres together with Sovremennik and Gogol Centre. The Gogol Centre would get its previous title back-The Nikolai Gogol Drama Theatre, they mentioned.

Between 2012 and 2021 Serebrennikov was inventive director of the Gogol Centre, which he remodeled right into a nationwide cultural beacon. “Sure. Gogol Centre has been shuttered. That’s it,” Serebrennikov wrote on messaging app Telegram. “From the standpoint of artwork, this isn’t simply sabotage-this is homicide.”

He mentioned the change of management was punishment for the venue’s “honesty” and an “try at freedom,” together with efforts to protest Moscow’s offensive. He mentioned Gogol Centre’s final piece of labor shall be a play dubbed “I don’t participate in a warfare.”

Serebrennikov, identified for deploying daring on-stage nudity and profane language-and for contemporary variations of Russian classics-left Russia after President Vladimir Putin despatched troops to Ukraine. The 52-year-old was caught up in a high-profile fraud case that his supporters say was punishment for difficult the Russian authorities.

The closure of Gogol Centre comes amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissenting voices in Russia, with most opposition activists both in jail or in another country. Moscow has stepped up efforts to stamp out dissent since Putin despatched troops into Ukraine on February 24. Criticism of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine has primarily been outlawed within the nation. – AFP

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