Apr 092013

Denis Matvienko 400x500 Denis Matvienko is fired as artistic director of the Kiev BalletDenis Matvi­enko has been ‘fired’ as artistic dir­ector of the Kiev Bal­let, but it was a pos­i­tion that appar­ently he had never offi­cially held. From Novem­ber 2011 he has been ful­filling the role, but has found that the con­tract had never been signed, accord­ing to

Yes­ter­day, at a press con­fer­ence, Matvi­enko said,

At the begin­ning of Feb­ru­ary, I found out that I am not the artistic dir­ector of the bal­let com­pany of the Kiev Opera and never have been.

It was just before the première of , and I did not say any­thing imme­di­ately to not cause a stir. The Dir­ector of the Kiev Opera con­firmed this fact. It turns out that my con­tract, sub­mit­ted in Novem­ber, is not signed. Dur­ing this time I was lead­ing the com­pany, giv­ing state­ments on tour, while not know­ing that I didn’t hold the role. This is a flag­rant viol­a­tion, cheat­ing me and my artists.

Matvienko’s name has been moved on the company’s site from the role of Artistic Dir­ector to join the names of the other dan­cers of the company.

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