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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Obstinate Kekhman: Novosibirsk theatre had a fight with city hall because “don Quixote”

Novosibirsk Opera and ballet theatre officially denied the city hall to hold a concert in Day of memory and grief on June 22. It should have been his Seventh Symphony of Shostakovich. Cause of failure – the premiere ballet in 4 acts “don Quixote”. What really caused the rift between theater and the city authorities in preparation for such an important for all Russians memorable date?

Vladimir Kekhman. Photo: press service of the theater.

For the production of “don Quixote” in a theatre was preparing more than six months. The premiere was preceded by a big advertising campaign. In the administration of the theatre decided that Shostakovich’s seventh Symphony may prevent the celebration theater. The city Council received the official refusal of the application for the concert on 22 June, which is proposed on the steps of the theatre. Such conflicts between theater officials and the history of Novosibirsk can not remember.

About 10 meters from the pillars of the theater begins municipal land, and we can use – said at a meeting with journalists the head of the Department of culture, sports and youth policy of the Administration of Novosibirsk Anna Tereshkova – Stupidity or disrespect for the city’s history or its values… but will have to work without them (theatre).

The official also emphasized that the next conflict associated with the theatre, will affect him and the residents of Novosibirsk.

Negotiations between city hall and theatre were held in the epistolary format.. NOVATUS sent a letter to the administration of Novosibirsk with the request to forbid the execution of “the Seventh Symphony of Shostakovich at the site on 22 June and demanded to continue to inform about conducted next to the theater events in six months. The tone of the letter officials did not like.

– I would like to say: you tell us about your events if you want us not to interfere with the conduct of your own. We would be correct to write: “we held the premiere, please do not perform any activities in the square. And we would be transferred to other events, but not a state holiday, – said Anna Tereshkova.

On Friday 17 June the administration of Novatus posted on its website a letter in which he said that he was not informed about the content of the concert:

“In the letter (the town hall in theatre – ed) there is no word that the concert on June 22 will feature the Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, and that he invited veterans of the great Patriotic war”, – said in the letter.

The theater also said that the mayor’s office received a letter dated June 10, it was proposed “to consider the installation of a stage on the steps of the theatre from 20 to 27 June.” The authorities Novatus said that to agree with her, no one tried.

Note that the conflict the new Director of the theatre Vladimir Kekhman and the public lasts for more than a year – right after the controversial appointment of management Novatus. Recall that he changed the last head of the Opera and ballet theatre Boris Mezdrich in 2015 after the infamous production of “tannhäuser”.Theatergoers are not satisfied with the repair of the building is a free interpretation of the musical parts in the performances, ticket prices and innovations in the field of positioning of the symbol of Novosibirsk is Opera and ballet. By and large, don’t like anything, not even introduced to them in practice the reduction of NOVATUS.

Vladimir Kekhman defend their point of view and considers himself to blame only in the fact that, as he put it at a meeting with members of the public in the Novosibirsk state library on 4 February 2016, “are not covered at the time the clearing.” Whom he had to entertain and to please, to clarify, however, did not. According to one version, Kekhman impartially said about fashion to dress up in the environment of the Novosibirsk Bohemia in an interview with “Tatler”, and this has offended a number of officials.

Meanwhile, the city’s residents will still hear the Symphony on June 22. The theater only needed for technical purposes, to energize the amplifying apparatus. Now for the concert will bring independent generators. “Leningrad Symphony” Shostakovich will be performed in front of the theater at 20: 00, an hour earlier, at 19.00, the premiere of “don Quixote”.

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