The Secretary General of the European theatre prize hopes that soon the pieces of silver he’ll get a prize

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova fotoracconti in the theater and film Director Kirill Serebrennikov. Archival photoThe Secretary General of the European theatre prize hopes that soon the pieces of silver he’ll get a prize© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

The prestigious international award «Europe – the new theatrical reality», which in 2017 was awarded to Russian Director Kirill Serebrennikov will be presented to him personally as soon as possible, said Wednesday RIA Novosti Secretary General of the prize, Alessandro Martinez (Alessandro Martinez).

«Of course, we are very sorry that opened in Rome’s traditional festival, which is devoted to the presentation of the 16th of the award «Europe – to theatre» and the 14th of the award «Europe – the new theatrical reality», there will be a Russian winner. As far as I know, at the time of voting by the international jury very actively supported the candidacy of Kirill Serebrennikov and when from Moscow came the news of the problems incurred by the Director and his «Gogol-center», we were all very saddened,» said Martinez in an interview with RIA Novosti.

«More’s the pity that a number of organizational and technical problems of the «Gogol-center» failed to bring us to Rome one of the performances Serebrennikov, who undoubtedly brought great joy to the Italian public,» he said.
The initiator and a permanent organizer of a major cultural initiative, held under the patronage of the European Parliament and of the Council of Europe, stressed that both the European theatre prize is always awarded to the winners personally. Therefore, at the award ceremony, which will take place on Sunday in Rome’s Teatro Argentina, award, awarded Serebrennikov, awarded will not.

«For our more than 30-year history there were only a few cases where the premium received is not the winner. Usually we don’t do that. So silver will get his deserved reward as soon as it becomes available. I hope that it will happen already next year,» said Martinez.

Appreciating the multifaceted talent of the Russian Director and his contribution to the development of a new theatrical language, the Secretary General of the award noticed that at the festival in Rome still held a special discussion on Serebrennikov, who arranges member of the international jury, well-known theater critic and a theater critic Marina Davydova.

«We Serebrennikov – winner, winner. And he deserves the same honor as his other colleagues. Sure, we will show its performances and will hold a special conference dedicated to his creative activity. His time will come», — assured the interlocutor of RIA Novosti.

Martinez also expressed confidence that the «historical link» between the organizers of the European theatre prize and Russia will develop.

«We really formed a great relationship. Let’s start with the fact that one of the members of the international jury immediately became the representative of your country, and it was, when Europe has not yet collapsed the proverbial wall. In 1990 we created the award «Europe – the new theatrical reality», and its first winner was the Creator of «School of dramatic art» Anatoly Vasiliev, who brought to Sicily their artists. Then in the year 2000, the award «Europe – to theatre» received the artistic Director of the Maly drama theatre Lev Dodin, and so continued our cooperation with the Union of theatres of Europe,» he said.

Martinez with special warmth says April 2011, when the European festival awards has opened in St. Petersburg. «It was an outstanding event. It is sufficient to recall the remarkable ceremony is a real spectacle, which at the Alexandrinsky theater staged yet another laureate Andrei Moguchy. A special prize of the jury then handed Yuri Lyubimov, who despite his 93 years, was young and beautiful. This is a truly remarkable story that deserves to continue,» concluded Martinez. He did not rule out that in future the theatre festival, dedicated to the awarding of European prizes, again, can pass in Russia.

The award «Europe – to theatre» came to light in 1986 as a pilot programme of the European Commission. Her first winner was French Director Ariana Mnushkina and created her Theatre du Soleil. Over the past years this award has become one of the most prestigious awards in the field of theatrical art, it’s got well-known masters of the world stage Peter brook, Giorgio Finally, Robert Wilson, Pina Bausch, Lev Dodin, Peter Stein. In 1990 to promote the creative masters new generation, it was decided to establish the award «Europe — the new theatrical reality», which then was marked by Anatoly Vasiliev.

This year the award «Europe – to theatre», the international jury awarded «stars» of the first magnitude – the Frenchwoman Isabelle Huppert and Briton Jeremy Irons. Winners of the award «Europe – the new theatrical reality» this time just six. In addition Serebrennikov is a German Director Susan Kennedy, her Slovenian colleague Ierni Lorenzo, put up performances in Germany, the playwright from Israel Yael Ronen, original Italian dancer Alessandro Sciarrone and Estonian drama theatre NO99.

The awards traditionally accompanied by a kind of theatre festival in which new and old winners show their latest work. The first nine such festivals were held in the old town of Taormina in Sicily. Then the ceremony of the European awards were held in Turin, Thessalonica, wrocław, Saint-Petersburg and Craiova. This year the festival has been held in Rome.

In may at the Metropolitan theater «Gogol-center» and the home of its artistic Director Serebrennikov were searched in the case of embezzlement of public funds to non-profit organizations, «the Seventh Studio». Initially, the investigators were sent to jail the former accountant Nina Maslyaeva and under house arrest — the General Director of the Studio of Yuri itina. Then he was taken into custody eks-the Director of «Gogol-center» Alexey Malopolski, and pieces of silver, was placed under house arrest. Maslyaeva made a plea bargain, gave evidence against the other defendants, and in early October she was transferred under house arrest. The rest of the defendants guilt is not recognized.