Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Oleg Tabakov interceded for Novosibirsk production of “Tannhauser” – BBC News

Artistic Director of the Moscow Art Theater. Chekhov, People’s Artist of the USSR Oleg Tabakov opposed baiting director Timothy Kuljabina, staged the opera “Tannhauser” at the Novosibirsk Theatre. “Timothy Kulyabin put in the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre performance of” Tannhauser. “I have not seen the show, however, as those who complained about him to the prosecutor’s office. I urge to stop the persecution and theater director,” – said in an open letter Tabakova posted on the site of the theater.

According to reports, the prosecutor’s office of Novosibirsk instituted administrative proceedings against Kuljabina, put in the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhäuser” by moving its action in the present. The case was filed under the Code of Administrative Offences “deliberate public desecration of religious or theological literature, objects of religious veneration, signs or emblems ideological symbols and paraphernalia, or their damage or destruction”.

Administrative proceedings instituted against the director setting Kuljabina and theater director Boris Mezdricha. The audit was conducted at the request of the Metropolitan Tikhon of Novosibirsk and Berd who found in the formulation, in particular, the diversion of church symbolism. The first performance of “Tannhäuser” directed Kuljabina held in December 2014, it is presented as a knight Tannhäuser filmmaker who directed the film “Venus Grotto”. The title role played leading soloist opera troupe Theatre Royal Copenhagen Stig Andersen. “The fact of a criminal case concerning a work of art, no matter how controversial and ambiguous it may be, can not but cause concern,” – wrote Oleg Tabakov.

Artistic director MAT convinced that every artist has the right to errors . “We had a lovely Leo Tolstoy, the term” energy of delusion. “The artist has the right to mislead. In it, this delusion, search for meaning, struggles manifestations of the spirit, the energy of life in it. You can not beat the art of hand. You can not face criminal charges for performances, books, pictures, music. From one step to the book burning at the stake, “- said the director and actor. It recalls the values ​​of freedom of creativity. “Freedom of creation – the same absolute value as the freedom of religion,” – said tobaccos.

Meanwhile, the magistrate’s court in Novosibirsk postponed until March 10 consideration of administrative affairs director of the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Boris Mezdricha which was staged opera “Tannhauser”, reports Tass. “The case is postponed. Back to the resolution of a request for examination after the examination of witnesses,” – said the judge Ekaterina Sorokina.

Earlier, the lawyer Sergei Mezdricha Badamshin requested to prosecute as witnesses the director “Tannhauser” Timothy Kuljabina and two art directors. The Court agreed to hear them. Badamshin also asked to assign the case to the expertise of professionals in the field of culture and religion. Prosecutors explained to the court that is used in the production of the image of Christ – Christian cross, and theatrical action defiles the image of religious worship. Attorney Igor Stasyulis stressed that the image is applied to enhance the psychological pressure on the viewer. Office position confirms the admissibility of the conclusion of the doctor of theology Archpriest Boris Pivovarov.

Sergey Badamshin said that the document can not be considered evidence as an expert to give an opinion on the fact of abuse of their own feelings and went beyond their knowledge. Speaking of the need for examination of art, Badamshin said about the rich historical tradition of ideas “Tannhauser”. “The image of the knight and the image of Christ go hand in hand all the Middle Ages. When it was not just your censorship and inquisition,” – he said to the prosecutor.

On March 5, the court will begin consideration of the administrative case against the director Timothy Kuljabina . Both cases prosecutors Novosibirsk filed Feb. 24 after treatment Metropolitan Tikhon of Novosibirsk and Berd. Director of the theater, as an official, faces a fine of up to 200 thousand rubles, the director – to 50 thousand rubles, or up to 120 hours of compulsory work.

pre-investigation into the production of “Tannhauser” beginning Investigation Department RF IC in Novosibirsk region Article 148 of the Criminal Code “Violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion.” Boris Mezdrich Novosibirsk diocese called for negotiations “in a peaceful way,” and stressed that neither the director nor any member of the theater had no intent to offend anyone with his work. He also admitted that the statement may be adjusted.

The play-opera “Tannhauser” was staged NGATOiB in December 2014. Action postponed it today. In the version directed by Jesus Christ became the hero of an erotic film that takes the knight Tannhäuser.


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