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MOSCOW, July 9 (Itar-Tass) - Andrei Vorobyov, the director of Moscow’s Pyotr Fomenko studio theatre, told Itar-Tass on Tuesday that the appointment of Vladimir Urin as a new director-general of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre would put an end to all feud and infighting in one of Russia’s leading theatres.
Urin has replaced Anatoly Iksanov who resigned from his post after heading the Bolshoi for 13 years. Iksanov will now work as theatrical art adviser at the Russian Ministry of Culture.
"It is always terrible when someone has to be fired. I am sorry that it all happened this way but apparently the decision comes natural given how things have been unfolding in recent months,” Vorobyov emphasized.
He described Urin’s appointment as a good and right decision. "He is a top-class professional and an excellent producer, which is extremely important. But what’s even more important is that he is a good person with bright, clean and kind soul,” Vorobyov explained.
"I have known Urin for many years. Human qualities are very important in his post. I am sure that he can settle all the conflicts. I hope that passions will subside and dust will settle and we will start receiving good news from the Bolshoi Theatre,” Vorobyov said.
Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinskiy introduced the new director to the Bolshoi Theatre’s staff on Tuesday.
Vladimir Urin is Honored Figure of Russian Arts. He began his career as director of the Theatre of Young Viewers (TYUZ) in the city of Kirov in 1973. In 1981, Urin moved to Moscow where he headed a section of children’s and puppet theatres of the All-Union Theatrical Society that organized specialized creative laboratories, seminars and festivals.
In 1987-1996, Urin was twice elected secretary of the governing board of the Russian Union of Theatrical Workers twice. His main projects in those years include the Podium international festival of theatre schools, the Russian-American festival “Baikal-Michigan”, etc.
Urin was the one who suggested the establishment of the national professional theatrical “Golden Mask” award. In 1995, Urin was appointed director of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. He carried out a fundamental reconstruction of the theatre’s building.
Since 1997, Urin has been director-general of International Modern Dance festivals held jointly with the cultural centers and embassies of European countries, Canada and the United States. Urin is a professor who chairs the department of management and economy of performing arts at the school of the Moscow Art Academic Theatre.