Volume 8

The 70th Avignon Festival: An Experiment In Living Together

The 70th Avignon Festival (6–24 July) was an especially memorable celebration of the best in innovative international performing arts and dance. From Ivo van Hove’s Les Damnés to Krystian Lupa’s Place des héros, audiences were treated to a number …

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The 2016 Berlin Theatertreffen: Is Half a Festival Better Than None?

Now in its twenty-second year, the Berlin Theatertreffen, presenting ten outstanding productions from Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland, has become one of the major European theatre festivals, but with success has come some problems. Audiences have steadily grown, and although …

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Introduction au Kunstenfestivaldesarts de Bruxelles 2016

The Kunstenfestivaldesarts, directed by Christophe Slagmuylder, is one of the most interesting festivals of theatre innovation in Europe. Among the thirty-five artistic projects presented this year, twenty-five were world premières. The Brussels-based festival presents many Belgian productions, justifying its local …

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The Fidena Festival, 2016

Normally around this time of the year, I submit a review of the productions in the Recklinghausen theatre festival, whose theme this year was the Mediterranean. But given the current state of Germany as a whole (predominantly the question of …

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The Noorderzon Festival in Groningen

The Noorderzon Festival is an international performing arts festival that took place in Groningen (Netherlands) from 18 to 28 August 2016. It presented several surprising and interesting features. It is a small international festival of theatre innovation (in number around …

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Review of The Suicide

I attended this performance the day following BREXIT, which resulted in the United Kingdom from a nationwide vote (England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Gibraltar) taken on 23 June 2016, found London in the midst of a political, social …

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Spain: Runaway Hits and Ephemeral Memorabilia

Jordi Galceran has proved to be one of Spain’s most commercially successful twenty-first century dramatists. His runaway hit, El método Gronholm (The Gronholm Method) by Sergi Belbel, was first staged at the Catalan National Theatre in 2003 …

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The Seagull: An Idea for a Short Story

Where: The Oleg Tabakov Theatre…

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Billy Elliot the Musical at the Hungarian State Opera

When the conservative Fidesz party assumed power in 2010, Hungarian LGBTQ citizens had legitimate reasons for concern. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán rode to victory on a platform that promised a better future for Hungary with a renewed focus on “work, …

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Chorus of Orphans: A Theatre Séance by Poland’s Teatr KTO, Kraków

Founder and longtime artistic director of Kraków’s Teatr KTO, Jerzy Zoń, traces his choice of a life in theatre to a moment when—still a student—he sat in the audience, weeping, during the 1975 premiere performance of Tadeusz Kantor’s Dead Class:

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Theatre More Arresting than Ever: A Conversation with Dorota Masłowska

Dorota Masłowska, considered by some to be already a classic, established herself as a prominent voice among the post-communist and post-dramatic playwrights in Poland through two famous theatre texts – A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians (2006) and No Matter

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