Monday, January 10, Kirill Serebrennikov arrived Hamburg (Germany) and is directing now rehearsals of Chekhov’s “The Black Monk” at the Thalia Theater. The director was surprisingly allowed to leave after he was convicted of fraud in Summer 2020 and sentenced with a three-year travel ban. Since then he conducted rehearsals throughout Europe only by video conference.
At its annual meeting the members of the German ITI have discussed the reports about the recent closure and sealing of the EMBROS theatre in Athens. With the background of the global economic pressure on public theatre spaces as it has been shown in Tirana or Ljubljana the German ITI members declared their solidarity with a letter to the artistic team. “We, the members of the International Theatre Institute Germany, protest against the closure and the sealing off of the EMBROS THEATRE in Athens. Since 2011 the EMBROS THEATRE has become an important location for alternative art and cultural exchange in the heart of Athens. It serves as a hub of creative innovation, integration and free expression for its neighbourhood and its city. It is an important point of international cultural collaboration with guest artists and companies visiting from all across Europe and beyond. With its collective artistic and management direction it is also a role model for the future with a non-patriarchal and democratic organisation-format of cultural institutions. The EMBROS THEATRE is an important institution for the promotion of the freedom of art. ITI Germany demand the reopening of the theatre under the artistic direction of its original team.”