Attestation instead of money? A new conflict at Opera Theater
Author: ANM Media
Published: Feb 13 2020, 18:25
National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet passions are stirred again. This
time, the cause of the conflict is the retainer which wasn’t paid to the musicians of the orchestra.
Last year the Armenian premiere of "Crystal Palace" ballet was held
at the theater. “At first it was said that ballet in included into the repertoire
of the theatre, then it was announced as commercial. After the premiere, we
found out that the ballet dancers were paid, but we didn't. We tried to find
out why. They explained that the sponsor had signed a contract with one of the
theater representatives and the money had been distributed among ballet
dancers. We also demanded money because we were discriminated. If they pay us,
we will perform it again.”orchestra musician Shmavon Grigoryan told ANM.
The name of the sponsor is not mentioned, but it is said, that it’s the author
of the ballet A. Shorr.
Sh. Grigroyan, at their first meeting the theater's artistic director and
director Constantine Orbelian said that he hadn’t paid for five months so he
can’t pay out of his own pocket, but had promised to pay off his debt in early
March. No financial contract was signed with the orchestra for the performance
of the work. “We demanded a written guarantee from Orbelian that the money
would be transferred in March. After the meeting, we went downstairs and saw a announcement
of certification instead of a guarantee. They terrorize us and create an
atmosphere of fear.” He also started speculating on the name of the prime
minister's wife and the fund she headed. "Orbelian said he has an
agreement with Anna Hakobyan that the proceeds from the concert on February 15
will be donated to her foundation to help sick children. We are ready to play
any other concert for free and donate our money to the fund, but it should not
be about the “Crystal Palace. " The artists have tried to verify the news
for themselves and have found that there is no such formal agreement. The
meeting with Orbelian continued on the next day. ANM called
Deputy Director of Theater Karine Kirakosyan to comment on the situation. She
noted that at the beginning of March the artists will definitely get their
money back and the musicians agreed to these conditions. "The attestation
was planned in advance and we are preparing for it since December of last
year," Kirakosyan said.
attestation will take place in March-April, ballet dancers in May. We stopped
the practice today and the discussions will continue tomorrow. As of today, we
say “no” to the conditions they put forward."