ArmInfo. Rumors about the closure of the Russian Stanislavsky Drama Theater do not correspond to reality. The director of the theater, Frederick Davtyan, stated this at a press conference on October 16.
He noted that the theater is already a year without an artistic director. "After the death of Aleksander Samsonovich, we faced a huge problem. He was an exceptional person, and it was very difficult to find a replacement for him, so we hesitated to make a decision. In addition, in the country, there were changes in the government, and it was not the right time to choose a new artistic director ", - said the director of the theater. Davtyan said that after Grigorian's death, all efforts were made to preserve the theater, its style and spirit, and continue to delight our viewers.
The director of the theater stressed that there were a lot of candidates for the post of artistic director of the theater; there were candidates from Sweden, Russia, etc. competition, the winner of which was supposed to take the position of artistic director. As a result, 5 candidates were selected, among whom was Alexander Grigoryan's daughter Nora, but since she had little experience, then after the qualifying rounds there were two candidates - Karen Nersisyan Suren Shahverdyan "Davtyan.
Davtyan stressed that the Ministry proposed that these candidates stage one performance at the theater, after which the final choice would be made. "The fact is that our theater has been without an artistic director for a year, and it is very difficult for us to organize its work at the proper level. Soon the New Year and we want to please our young viewers with new ideas. Since this situation cannot continue, I've been I talked with Karen Nersisyan, and after he confirmed his readiness to take the position of artistic director, I appointed him a new artistic director, "said Davtyan.
He also noted that as the director of the theater, he looked through the performances that put these two directors and made his decision based on the style of the theater. "We always had our own spirit, our own style, to which we were faithful and which we would like to keep. Our team was divided into 2 parts, each of which supported one of the two candidates. It's difficult to work in such an atmosphere. Karen Nersisyan is familiar with our traditions, the theater and the troupe. Therefore, I believe that this is the best option for the theater. I appeal to my fellow actors and ask them to make my decision and start to work harmoniously under the guidance of a new artistic director. Nersisyan will be in Yerevan on November 10, after which we p let's talk about our future plans, "concluded Davtyan.
In a conversation with the ArmInfo correspondent, director Frederic Davtyan noted that when he made this decision, he was guided solely by the interests of the theater, for creative reasons. "It is always important to share work and personal preferences. I think that Nersisyan can take this difficult and responsible post, I think the Ministry of Culture will understand that in this case it was the best solution," said Davtyan. When asked by ArmInfo's correspondent why the director himself didn't nominate himself as artistic director, he said: "You see, I'm the director, that is, I'm already in a leadership position. Besides, I'm an actor, not a director, but an artistic director should be the director Nersisyan was already working in our theater and is familiar with it. There should be peace in the theater, it is simply impossible to be in limbo. The ministry attaches great importance to the Russian theater in Armenia, and everybody expressed extreme concern over the situation that has arisen; there can be no equivalent replacement. But we have to go further, stopping is death ", - said Davtyan. He also noted that the ministry of culture couldn't accept this decision, because there is no reason to cancel this order, because there are no violations in it. Davtyan noted that he hopes that Karen Nersisyan justified his hopes, emphasizing that the contract was concluded until 2019.
In turn, actress Liana Sevumyan noted that most of the actors supported the candidature of Karen Nersisyan. "I didn't know that today there will be a decision taken on the appointment of a new artistic director. But we understood that it's hardly possible that in two months two directors would stage their performances, even our funding would not be enough for that. But we support this decision since we ourselves found this candidate. He responded, he is the only candidate who is not from Armenia, but came and met the team. He is a talented person and our team liked him. I think that with his arrival our style will be preserved and even those who disagree today on after his work with the team, we will be convinced of the correctness of this decision. We will again become that Stanislavsky theater that everyone knew and loved. I think we will stage our first performance with a new artistic director in January or February, "concluded the actress.
Recently the staff of the theater addressed an open letter to the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. The fact is that the actors of the theater noted that they have been without artistic director for a year now, and they cannot continue for a long time. They stated that the Minister of Culture Lilit Makunts promised that the employees themselves could elect a new leader, and the staff nominated Karen Nersisyan. In response to that, the minister declared that she was wrong and the artistic director should not be elected, but appointed. In particular, the candidature of Shakhverdyan was discussed, however, the theater cast was preferred by Nersisyan. In the letter, the theater staff asked the prime minister to pay attention to this issue and to assist in this matter.