Dzhaiani: In Georgia there will be no actors, no directors - just Saakashvili
People's Artist of Georgia Dmitri Dzhaiani has sharply criticized the country's authorities in connection with the dismissal of director Robert Sturua down as artistic director of the Shota Rustaveli Theatre.
"In Georgia, there will be no actors or directors. There will only what Saakashvili wants" - the "Echo of the Caucasus" quited the words of Dzhaiani who took part in a protest in support of Sturua.
He also said he did not agree with the accusations of Sturua of xenophobia. "I know by heart what Sturua said. He said: I do not want Georgian President to be Frenchman, Englishman, Armenian or Azerbaijani, I want Georgia to be led by Georgians, because we have other traditions. Sturua can afford such statements, because he is a genius" - said Dmitry Dzhaiani.
Earlier, Culture Minister Nikoloz Rurua said that the director was removed from office because of his xenophobic statements.
"For me, this is a very principal question because the government, especially our government, which is essentially a multi-ethnic and multicultural, will not be tolerated and fund xenophobia. I call xenophobia those statements and ethnic metaphors which Sturua used during his numerous interviews in relation to the large community, our neighbors and our fellow citizens who are members of other ethnic groups" - said in an interview Rurua.
Recently it was reported that Robert Sturua could be appointed artistic director of the Taganka Theater. However, the director has denied this information.
"As for the Taganka Theater, even though I was offered to go there, I can not do this. I've always loved and I love this theater, but its story is already finished. We must build a new theater, but I have no power for this" - said Sturua.