We were dismayed to learn that the Moscow Gogol Center, the avant-garde and socio-political theater house and important cultural venue with which we have collaborated in recent years on our co-production Decamerone
, among others, is closing. The contracts of the artistic directors, which end on July 4, have not been renewed and the theater has no precise information about the future. The center's former director Kirill Serebrennikov called the removal of directors Alexey Agranovich and Alexey Kabeshev the "death of the Gogol Center." On his Instagram profile on June 29, he wrote "Now they have decided to close the whole theater. For its position. For honesty. For trying to be free. For the fact that in all these months when there is war, the actors have not come to applaud and have ended every performance with the image of a dove of peace to protest the war. For the fact that the theater did not remove my plays from the schedule. For remaining decent people. The titles of the performances - 'I DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN WAR' and 'PRESERVE YOUR FACE' - are meant as messages to you, the audience, and as a call from all of us, the Gogol Center team, to remain human."
We feel deeply connected to the artists:inside and to the work of the Gogol Center. Not only through the co-production Decamerone, but also through several mutual guest performance visits, we have a long-standing friendly collaboration. We have experienced the Gogol Center as a vibrant, visionary and welcoming place, a home of artistic ambition and free spirits - uniquely loved and celebrated by audiences. It is a terrible loss for culture and civil society that one of Russia's most exciting, vital, and beloved theaters is being destroyed.
We will work with Kirill Serebrennikov, who has since left Russia, again in the coming season.