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The 73rd Avignon Festival, July 4-23, 2019: Odysseys, past, present and future

The theme of the seventy-third Avignon festival was Odysseys, from classical references to contemporary interpretations, from Kevin Keiss and Maëlle Poésy’s free adaptation of Virgil’s Aeneid, focusing on Aeneas’ exile and wanderings, to Jean-Pierre Vincent’s five-hour Oresteia, performed …

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Ibsen in London

London spectators interested in Ibsen had a special treat offered them this September, two of Ibsen’s most popular works revived in highly innovative productions at London’s two most heavily supported theatres, the National and the Lyric Hammersmith. Even Ibsen-starved New …

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Report from London (November – December, 2018)

London’s theatrical scene at the end of 2018 seemed centered on a response to the year’s many #MeToo revelations and newspaper headlines. I saw over a dozen plays in three weeks, while taking a group of students from Union College …

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It’s All in the Wrist: How Nina Conti Faces Off with Reality

A woman climbs into a large, black sack saying, “So I just get in here?” A tiny, painfully adorable monkey replies, “Yes, and stop pretending that it isn’t your idea, anyway. That disingenuous shit is exactly what I’m talking about.”

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Staging Trauma: A Review of Bryony Kimmings’s I’m a Phoenix, Bitch

The show begins as a mini-spectacle: from the sound system, a loud scream and a roaring horror march of brass instruments and bass drums. Greenish spotlights shift in time to the beat, as though conducted by the single figure center …

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Difficult Pasts and Revivals: Madrid Theatre Summer 2019

Difficult Pasts and Revivals: Madrid Theatre Summer 2019

How do we make sense of a recent past where national events are bound up in a series of transnational currents? This question lies at the heart of Andrés Lima’s “Shock” (el cóndor y el puma) (English title: “Shock”

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Cultural Diversity in the Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) 2019

The Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2019 has new directors, Sophie Alexandre, Daniel Blanga Gubbay, and Dries Douibi. The former director of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Christophe Slangmuylder, who determined the aesthetic importance of the festival for years, now directs the Vienner Festwochen, another important festival

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Tampere Theatre Festival: Progressing Society

The largest theatre festival in the Nordic countries, the Tampere Theatre Festival, was defined during summer 2019 by performances that “challenge the perceived balance between things, break the norms, counter racism in any of its forms and rewrite history.” The

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Nasza Klasa in Georgia

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. A concentration of all imaginable issues burdening the conflicted Georgians. Emerging from all parts of the country, the problems eventually travel all the way to Rustaveli Avenue – the public space in front of the …

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Young and Critical Voices of Turkey I: “Theatre helps us to hear each other.” A Conversation with Irem Aydın

İrem Aydın is one of the leading young voices of Turkish theatre and performance. She produces performative and poetic works trying to focus upon and to understand the tragedy of her age and generation. Her works mostly deal with the

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