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Serebrennikov Allowed to Travel

Kirill-Serebrennikov was picked up at the Hamburg airport by Thalia Theater Managing Director Joachim Lux

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.

Source: Deutsche Welle

ITI Germany: Solidarity with the Independent EMBROS THEATRE in Athens

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.”

Afghanistan: Comedian Nazar Mohammad Killed

The Taliban has admitted to the killing of the famous comic Nazar Mohammad, known as Khasha Zwan, in the country’s southern region. Khasha, who earlier served in the Kandahar police, was picked up by from his home in southern Kandahar and shot dead. A a video, widely shared on social media, showed Khasha getting slapped and abused while he was held by two men in a car. Nazar Mohammad’s body, shot multiple times, was found in Kandahar end of July.

Sources: Human Rights WatchIndependent , RTA World (Video via Twitter), Aljazeera

Czech Republic: Theatres win against Cardinal

The Czech Supreme Court decided in the last instance about two controversial performances from the Brno National Theatre and the Centre for Experimental Theatre. Prague’s Cardinal Dominik Duka had demanded an apology from both theatres for two productions from 2018 by Croatian director Oliver Frljić, “Condemnation” and “Our Violence and Your Violence”. Duka felt his personal rights violated since the plays had dealt with child abuse by priests and the relationship of Western society to Islamic society. The Court dismissed Duka’s appeal and decided that the plays had not been discriminatory against Christians, nor had they interfered with the right to freedom of belief.

Source: Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Domradio.de

An Urgent Appeal for Reconciliation

The Action Committee for Artists Rights (ACAR) of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) follows with shock and grief the escalating mutual atrocities between Israel and the Hamas Organization in the Gaza Strip. We are mostly worried by the horrendous acts of lynching, vandalism, destruction and arson performed by extremist nationalist Jewish and Arab groups within the ethnically mixed towns throughout Israel. We call upon artists from both parties, as well as colleagues worldwide, to strongly condemn these actions fueled by blind racist and religious hatred that not only undermine the fragile co-existence between Jews and Arabs in the country, in general, and the cooperation in the field of Performative Arts in particular, but present a threat to Peace and tolerance in the entire area.

Update: Kirill Serebrennikov Fired From Gogol Center

The Moscow city department of culture will not renew Kirill Serebrennikov’s contract as the director of the Gogol Center. The contract ends on February 28. Serebrennikov was appointed as director of the Gogol Theater in 2012 and reopened the venue 2014 as the Gogol Center. The Serebrennikov case started in May 2017, when the Center was raided by the Russian Investigative Committee, followed by a “theatre trial” over 3 years (see also our several posts).

Source: Moscow Times