The Bolshoi Theater in Russia has announced that it will cancel the performance directed by Kirill Serebrennikov and Timophie Kryabin, who spoke against Moscow’s military operations in Ukraine.
Late Sunday, Russia’s top theater announced that instead of three performances of celebrity director Nureyev’s ballet, this week’s audience will see the production of Aram Khachaturian’s ballet “Spartacus”.
At the famous theater, instead of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale” directed by Timophie Cryabin, this week’s audience will see the work of Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”.
Bolshoi did not reveal the reason for the cancellation, spokeswoman Katerina Novikova told AFP on Monday that there were no “official” comments.
Bolshoy said he would perform a “Spartacus” in early April and the proceeds would be used to help a family of Russian troops who died in Ukraine.
Celebrennikov, 52, was allowed to leave Russia in March and was convicted in 2020 with funds embezzled at the Gogol Center Theater in Moscow.
His supporters say the conviction was revenge for his criticism of authoritarianism and homosexual disgust under President Vladimir Putin.
In a conversation with AFP in Berlin last month, Celebrennikov said he felt “just fear, sadness, shame and pain” about Russia’s military operations in pro-Western Ukraine.
“Nureev” is based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev, a Russian dance legend, and the use of nudity and blasphemy on stage has offended Russian conservatives.
The 37-year-old Kulyabin, now believed to be based in Europe, opposes Putin’s decision to send troops to Ukraine.
In recent weeks, several dancers have left the Bolshoi, including Primavererina’s Orgas Mill Nova.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/05/02/russias-bolshoi-scraps-performances-by-critical-directors-a77561 Russian Bolshoi Scrap performance by an important director