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October 8, 2021, 17:42

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Previously, he served as deputy artistic director of the theater.

Nikolai Sergienko was appointed the new artistic director of the Romen Music and Drama Gypsy Theater in Moscow. Previously, he served as deputy artistic director of the theater.

Nikolai Nikolayevich has been serving at the Romen Theater, where he took the position of a drama artist, since 1969. In 1988 he graduated from the Higher Directing Courses of the State Institute of Theater Arts named after A.V. Lunacharsky (now – the Russian Institute of Theater Arts – GITIS).

Nikolai Sergienko began his directorial career as an assistant director Nikolai Slichenko in the work on the legendary play “Living Corpse”. Then he independently staged the performances “The Innkeeper”, “The Oath”, “Grushenka”, “The Singing Strings of the Soul”, which the audience loved and entered the repertoire of the “Romen” theater.

Together with Nikolai Sergienko, shortly before his death, Nikolai Slichenko developed a future creative concept for the development of the theater, which fully reflects his ideas. In May 2021, Nikolai Slichenko turned to the Department of Culture of the city of Moscow with a request to agree on the candidacy of Nikolai Sergienko for the position of Deputy Artistic Director.

“This is a huge responsibility. I see my mission in preserving the traditions laid down by the founders of the theater and multiplied by Nikolai Alekseevich Slichenko. One of the most important tasks is to popularize theater, gypsy art, strengthen intercultural and interethnic ties, and strengthen the theater’s image. The Romen Theater is a national pride, the only professional gypsy theater in the world. I will adhere to the concept of theater development, which was developed with Nikolai Alekseevich Slichenko. We will strive to keep pace with the times. There are a lot of ideas and plans that I would like to implement, ”said Nikolai Sergienko.

The work of Nikolai Sergienko has been repeatedly noted by the government of the city and country. He was awarded the Order of Friendship, a certificate of honor of the President of the Russian Federation, is a laureate of the Moscow Government Prize for employees of state cultural institutions of the city of Moscow, and was also awarded the title of “Veteran of Labor”.

In 1997 Nikolai Sergienko was awarded the honorary title of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation.

“Over the years of work, Nikolai Sergienko has established himself as a decent person, he is trusted, and this is very important! He is a creator, talented actor, director. Everyone had long understood that Nikolai Alekseevich was preparing a replacement for himself and, in fact, that is why he appointed Nikolai Nikolaevich as his deputy shortly before leaving. I understand that Nikolai Sergienko is the person who will very carefully and carefully continue what his father devoted his whole life to, ”said Tamilla Slichenko, actress, director and screenwriter, daughter of Nikolai Slichenko.

When appointing the head of the theater, continuity is important, emphasized Nadezhda Demeter, member of the Council for Interethnic Relations under the President of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Leading Researcher at the Center for European Studies at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Federal National and Cultural Autonomy of Russian Roma.

“Nikolai Sergienko is People’s Artist of the Russian Federation, a talented stage director, he has worked in the theater for 50 years and knows him from the inside. I am confident that with his appointment the theater will continue its work successfully, ”she said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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