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Rebel Moscow Theater Shuts Doors after Final Show

Rebel Moscow Theater Shuts Doors after Final Show

Saturday, 2 July, 2022 - 10:30
The Gogol Centre was one of the last bastions of artistic freedom in Vladimir Putin's Russia Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV AFP

The Gogol Centre theater, one of the last bastions of artistic freedom in Vladimir Putin's Russia, shut its doors Thursday night with a defiant final show called "I Don't Take Part In War".


The emotional play protesting against the Kremlin's military intervention in Ukraine marked a dramatic end of an era for the Russian capital's ever-shrinking opposition and intelligentsia circles, AFP said.


Previously run by rebel director Kirill Serebrennikov, who left Russia after criticizing Moscow's offensive in Ukraine, the Gogol Centre staged daring plays for a decade, often testing increasingly strict laws and Moscow's sharp conservative turn.


Thursday's performance had some of the audience in tears when actors recited poems by Soviet poet and soldier Yuri Levitansky, a Soviet poet and soldier who was born in what is now Ukraine.


The play's name was taken from one of Levitansky's emblematic verses: "I don't take part in war, it takes part in me."


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