Category Archives: Europe/USA/Canada

Trump requests apology for actors statement

Yesterday, the president-elect wrote on Twitter that the “Hamilton” cast had “harassed” the future Vice-president Miek Pence by making the statement and had been “very rude.” “Hamilton” is the present Broadway musical hit at about colonial rebels shaping the future of an unformed country.  Mike Pence attendet the show ohamiltonn Friday at Richard Rodgers Theater in Manhattan.  Brandon Victor Dixon playing Vice president Aaron Burr, read a statement after the show, adressed to Mike Pence sitting in the center orchestra section. “We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” he said, applauded by the audience. The statement was written by the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda; its director, Thomas Kail; and the lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, with input from cast members.
“Apologize!” Trump demanded.

Source and video with the statement: New York Times

See also at Huffington Post “What It Means To Be An Artist In The Time Of Trump”, statements of 21 artists.

Russian Culture Ministry censors Teatr.doc’s performances

The organisers of the festival at the Moscow Hermitage Garden invited the theatre to perform the play “Pushkin and Money” on June 12th and to hold a masterclass on storytelling. Two days before the group was informed by the organisers that the Ministry of Culture ordered Teatr.doc to be removed from the schedule.
In late 2014, Teatr.doc was already evicted from its building by Moscow authorities. They were since forced to move again into a third location in June 2015, the same month the ministry ordered an inquiry into six theatres and their repertoires. A 10 minutes video with English subtitles by Teatr.doc is on youtube: “Beyond theatre // And what if I don’t”

Source: artsfreedom org

Belarus Free Theatre : Help create Burning Doors!

pawlenskiWith their new play BURNING DOORS the Belarus Free Theatre announces to blend sensuous theatricality and vigorous physicality to shine a light on total suppression of artistic freedoms, drawn from the real-life stories of iconoclastic Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky (Photo), incarcerated Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina. BFT has launched a kickstarter campaign to bring their actors form Minsk to the UK, where a part of the group already lives, to create the piece this summer.
Link to the campaign (minimum contribution 5 £).
Belarus Free Theatre


Pyotr Pavlensky sentenced to 16 months and set free

The Russian performance artist was convicted for setting fire to car tires on Saint Petersburg’s Tripartite Bridge during a pro-Ukraine performance, titled Freedom, in February 2014. A Moscow court found Pavlensky guilty of vandalism and sentenced him to sixteen months in prison on May 29th.
The artist will not have to serve the time because the statue of limitations on the crime has expired. However, he remains in custody for a second case in which he is being tried for burning the doors of a former KGB building in November 2015.
update: On June 8, a Moscow court found Pavlensky guilty of damaging a cultural site and ordered him to pay 481.000 rubles (7.750 $) to compensate the cost of repairs to the former KGB building. After seven months in prison the court set him free.

Source: abc news, artforum, update: Moscow Times

EU/Greece: First Turkey deportations

Human Rights Watch (April 19) and the European Parliament (April 18) statet much criticism on the situation of refugees and migrants under the EU-Turkey Agreement of 18 March 2016. The Parliament report urges the member states and the European Union to “ensure compliance with European Union, European and international legal standards on refugees’ and migrants’ rights.”
Human Rights Watch  concluded: “The abusive deportations expose the fundamental flaws in the EU’s expedited mass returns to a country that cannot be considered safe.”

Sources: Human Rights Watch, Council of Europe