According to an internal document of the Bucharest National Opera (ONB), eight former employees of the institution, among whom there are also the former interim manager George Calin, the Danish choreographer Johan Kobborg and ballerina Alina Cojocaru, were denied to enter the Opera House anymore.
The document is issued by the Human Resources Department of the ONB and argues that the eight persons’ employment contracts have ceased. Their access inside the building was banned as of April 25.
On the other side, the protests continue on Tuesday at the Opera, with deputy premier Vasile Dancu being expected to come and talk with the Opera employees who are asking for a legitimate interim leadership.
Protesters are denouncing the pressures and are slamming that several shows had been cancelled due to the unclear problems within the management.
The Culture minister Vlad Alexandrescu has changed four interim directors at the Opera in the past weeks: George Călin, Tiberiu Soare, Vlad Conta and again George Călin, who had been eventually sacked after only a day following the employees’ protests against him. Several performances have been cancelled last week amid these tensions.
Disputes kicked off due to the disagreements between a part of the ballet corps which endorsed the Danish choreographer Johan Kobborg and the Romanian employees of the ONB, artists and dancers supporting conductors Tiberiu Soare and Vlad Conta.