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Robert Sturua survives the tempest

2011-08-18 17:59

Robert Sturua survives the tempest. 20993.jpegLegendary Robert Sturua was dismissed from the position of art director of Shota Rustaveli theater falling victim to vaunted "democracy in Saakashvili's style". It is obvious that the dismissal order of the Culture ministry of the republic was not connected with the great master's professional activities. The reason was his harsh criticism of the authorities. Like no one else Sturua realized: the Rose Revolution that celebrated victory in the streets of Tbilisi a few years ago has transformed in a dictatorship that


brought the state to ruin.

Before dismissal Robert Sturua was more consistent in his discontent over Georgia's current state of things than the entire opposition pretended to be. While numerous parties were competing for the right to join in the game "Ovethrow Saakashvili's bloody regime" in Rustaveli street, one of the great theater directors of the post-Soviet space was explaining to people that something dreadful was going on in the country. He didn't feel ill at ease calling the ruling elite "degenerates" or comparing president with Adolf Hitler. Both in art and in real life he openly expresses his emotions. Particularly when the pitiful situation of his motherland is in the spotlight.

For some time it seemed Sturua is totally immune. With the number of political emigrants growing in the country each day, his fierce criticism of the authorities could not be left unnoticed. However, the director continued to please his fans facing no external resistance. Yet, this could not last forever. Contemporary Georgia does not tolerate those who think differently no matter how talented these people could be. Former leaders of the country realized Sturua's significance for Georgia he glorified in various theaters of the world. He was recognized and treated kindly, was given a lot of state awards including the most esteemed order of Honor. Yet, the current ruling elite did not have enough honor to listen to their well-known compatriot.

The legendary director was supported by his Russian friends. Alexander Kalyagin, ET CETERA theater art director expressed confidence in his interview with GeorgiaTimes that Sturua's colleagues would not turn a blind eye to this glaring injustice. "I think theater community will come up with an address.

All this vaunted liberal democracy in Georgia is easily unmasked by the attitude to a great master, Georgia's great son who has done so much for the world of theater, - he said. - I'm sure he will be invited to many theaters. I have been holding talks to him about it myself, naturally".

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