Volume 9

Festival Transamériques, 2016: The Importance of Saying No

In Ce ne andiamo per non darvi alter preoccupazioni (“We decided to go because we don’t want to be a burden on you”), by Italians Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini from Rome, the players revisit the story of four …

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Ukrainian Contemporary Theatre as Cultural Renewal: Interview with Volodymyr Kuchynskyi, March 2015

Volodymyr Kuchynskyi is the artistic director of the Les Kurbas Theatre in L’viv, Ukraine. Kuchynskyi founded the theatre in 1988 with a small circle of colleagues on the site of the former Lvivskyi Molodizhnyi Teatr (Lviv Youth Theatre), formerly the

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A Month in Berlin: Theatre for All Ages

Last fall I spent mid-October till mid-November in Berlin, a city that has been reconfiguring itself ever since the Berlin Wall fell so spectacularly on November 9, 1989. Born and raised in post-war West Germany, I grew up with a …

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New Productions and Revivals in Berlin

The major event at the Deutsche Oper in November was the premiere of The Huguenots. The publicity preceding the opening emphasized two aspects. First, the tenor in the leading role, Peruvian Juan Diego Florἑz, was described as the best tenor …

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An Experiment of Strangeness: The 2016 Interferences International Theatre Festival in Cluj

What does it mean to be a stranger or how does someone become a stranger? Is a stranger always a sign of something dangerous? Can we speak about the strageness of our own self? These are the questions that were …

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A (Self-)Ironic Portrait of the Artist as a Present-Day Man: The Newest Trademark Show of Gianina Cărbunariu in Bucharest

“The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them.” One of the most quoted Chekhovian statements seems to contradict the habit of organizers to include in cultural events’ programs frequent famous discussions between artists and spectators (the …

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Do You Speak Silence?, asks Gianina Cărbunariu in Sibiu, Romania

Eastern Europe, 2017. Problems regarding the migration of the workforce have existed here for more than 20 years now and the global society has transformed them into some sort of octopus, with many long and complex tentacles, that generate complications …

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Une chambre en Inde (“A Bedroom in India”): A Collective Creation by the Théâtre du Soleil and Ariane Mnouchkine

The presentation of a major new work at the Théâtre du Soleil is always an important theatre event in Paris, and after the rather indifferent reception of Mnouchkine’s Macbeth in 2014, the company’s next production has been awaited with exceptional …

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Only When in Rome?: Albert Camus’ Caligula at the Theater Basel

Albert Camus’ Caligula is suddenly very topical. As a U.S. resident, I wake up every morning to a world governed by the 3 a.m. tweets of our Commander in Chief. He instates in the White House family members for whom …

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Terrassa’s TNT Festival: The New, the Usual and the Ugly

The Festival TNT – Terrassa Noves Tendències – is a contemporary performance festival that has been running for nine years in the Catalan city of Terrassa, twenty-eight kilometres north of Barcelona. Boasting of 210,000 inhabitants, Terrassa was one of the …

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Puzzling Perspectives On Ever-Shifting Conflict Zones

Guerrilla by El Conde de Torrefiel

2016 Dublin Theatre Festival

As a theatrical experience, Guerrilla is deliberately enigmatic. I enter the theatre to find part of the audience seem to be taking their places onstage: drifting into the space, finding …

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Sister Act(s): Catholic Schoolgirls Rule

La llamada (The Call), written and directed by Javier Calvo and Javier Ambrossi, and Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour—an adaptation of Alan Warner’s 1998 novel The Sopranos by the National Theatre of Scotland—have proven to be unexpected critical and …

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Re-framing the Classics: La Cubana Reinvent Rusiñol and the Lliure Revisit Beaumarchais

Since 1980, La Cubana has been offering theatrical happenings that disrupt the fabric of the everyday. Whether intruding on market trading conventions in Cubana Delikatessen (1983) or breaking the cinematic frame with Cegada de amor/Blinded by Love (1994), …

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John Milton’s Comus: A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle: Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Milton has been getting a fresh burst of attention in London these days. The Royal Shakespeare Company has been putting on a sold-out version of Comus, the first of Milton’s major works, at the indoor theatre named after Sam Wannamaker. …

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Musical in Bulgaria: A Mission Possible

A Conversation with Petar Kaukov, the Bulgarian director of Avenue Q, at The Central Puppet Theatre, Sofia

The musical has never been a popular stage form in Bulgaria and the few shows of the genre that have been produced over …

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What Happens to Heroes: Heinrich von Kleist’s Prinz Friedrich von Homburg at Schauspiel Frankfurt

Kleist’s Prinz Friedrich von Homburg

Heinrich von Kleist’s drama Prinz Friedrich von Homburg was written between 1809 and 1810 and first performed in Vienna in 1821, ten years after Kleist shot himself at the age of thirty-four. It is set …

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Krystian Lupa and Thomas Bernard in Paris, Fall, 2016

Krystian Lupa, special guest of the Paris Fall Theatre Festival 2016, presented during November and December outstanding productions of Thomas Bernhard, his favorite author: Wycinka Holzfällen (Des arbres à abattre: Woodcutters), performed in Polish by the Wroclaw Polski Theatre; …

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