December 6, 2022

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Goodbye Gogol: director Serebnikov denounces the “death” of Moscow’s historical and rebellious theater

Russian director Kirill Serebrenkov, an opponent of the offensive in Ukraine, was virtually removed from the direction of his former theater, the Moscow historian Gogol, who turned him into the epicenter of the capital’s artistic avant-garde. From 2012 to 2021, Kirill Serebnikov, currently living in exile abroad, was the artistic director of the Gogol Center, performing daring plays that blended social criticism and religion, sexuality, and themes out of line with the Kremlin’s conservative line. Last year, he had to leave his position because his contract was not renewed. The Moscow City Department of Culture announced, on Wednesday evening, the appointment of a new artistic director, Anton Yakovlev, and that the Gogol Center will return to its old name: the Nikolai Gogol Drama Theatre.

Immediately, Kirill Serebnikov denounced the “death” of the place that completely changed him: “They decided to close the theater. For his position, for his honesty. For trying to be free. For the fact that, for everyone. These months after the war continued, the actors, who protested against the War, they revive every exhibition and even end every exhibition with the image of a pigeon. It is a murder. Another ordinary murder,” he announced in a message posted on his Telegram account. .

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