At the 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.
According to 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.
“Our 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."