The Russian star director Kirill Serebrennikow has surprisingly arrived at rehearsals at Hamburg’s Thalia Theater. The Thalia Theater announced on Monday. Behind him are a strict travel ban for more than four years and numerous productions via zoom and video throughout Europe. Since Monday he has been conducting rehearsals for his production of Chekhov’s story “The Black Monk” at the Thalia Theater.
Serebrennikov was arrested and placed under house arrest in the summer of 2017. The prison camp requested by the public prosecutor’s office for alleged embezzlement of funds was converted into a three-year suspended sentence with a ban on leaving Russia during the trial in summer 2020. Now, very suddenly, he was given permission to work in Hamburg, it was said.
According to the theater, Serebrennikow said on his arrival at Hamburg Airport: “I am very, very happy and happy that Hamburg is the first European city in which I can work again after four and a half years! Because it is also the last city in who I’ve been before. That feels very good! That’s a good sign, and definitely not a coincidence! “
Thalia director Joachim Lux said: “I am very pleased to be able to welcome Kirill Serebrennikow to Hamburg. That is an encouragement for the idea of freedom and an encouragement for art too.” He hardly knows any other artist who burns and lives with such philanthropy, inner independence and uncompromisingness for the freedom of art.
The rehearsals for the international production with Russian, German, American, Armenian and Latvian artists began on November 8th in Moscow and have been continued in Hamburg since January 4th. The premiere during the Lessingtage is planned for January 22nd. After the premiere, Serebrennikov will return to Moscow for an international film.