The official representative of the Moscow Patriarchate entered into public discussion with members of the public in the regions which were demanding to ban the screening of the rock Opera “Jesus Christ superstar”.
“The Church does not suppress creativity, blessing artists to inspire Evangelical subjects in his works”, – quotes “Interfax” the words of Vladimir Legoyda, the head of the Synodal Department for relations between the ROC society and the media.
The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church urged the activists to distinguish between noncanonical and blasphemous image of the Shrine, noting that criticism is now subjected to the rock Opera “led many in the Church.”
“The result of this creative pursuit does not and cannot make artists or evangelists, Holy fathers of the Church, works which were created by Church tradition and teaching. The art works based on biblical stories that show us glimpses of Christian culture,” – said the head of the Synodal Department.
Vladimir Legoyda stressed that works of art are by nature not endowed with dogmatic or canonical authority, they can give rise to disputes and discussions, to be more or less successful, they can be taken or not, “but you can’t deny the artist to draw inspiration in Scripture”.
“Between blasphemous and non-canonical image of the Shrine – chasm, invisible only culturally short-sighted person,” he added.
Earlier, on Tuesday, November 1, it became known that the residents of Tyumen appealed to the leadership of the region with a request to opt out of the local Philharmonic rock-Opera “Jesus Christ superstar”, which, in their view, offends the feelings of believers.
According to authors of the rock Opera “aimed at creating a false representation of the divine essence of Jesus Christ, the canonical view of biblical events”.
In mid-October it was reported that the rock-Opera “Jesus Christ superstar” at the request of the Orthodox activists of the public movement “Family, love, Fatherland” was canceled in Omsk. It was noted that in the formulation of the activists saw signs of “blasphemy, mockery of faith and a violation of sacred meanings.”
At the same time, the Ministry of culture of the Omsk region explainedthat the performance of Saint-Petersburg theatre “Rock Opera”, which was to be held in Omsk state music theatre, canceled distributors – due to lack of interest and unsold tickets. And the Director of the theatre Boris Rotberg told TASS that orders the cancellation of the theater “Rock Opera” is not given and the work will go as usual according to the repertoire.
Famous Ural playwright Nikolai Kolyada noted that around the Opera there was an incomprehensible hysteria. “This is a great and beautiful music, and I don’t understand why this is all happening around it,” he said. According to Carol, rock-Opera is in no way offends the feelings of believers. “It’s a classic, and at what here insults the feelings of believers? I myself am a believer and I rock Opera as a believer does not insult,” added the playwright in an interview with TASS.
Rock-Opera “Jesus Christ superstar” was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim rice in 1970. A year later it was put on Broadway. In the Soviet Union the Opera was staged for the first time in early 1990 by the St. Petersburg theatre “Rock Opera”.