Five artists go into self-quarantine as part of theatre festival in Austria
09 August 2020 | 3:33 pm
Five artists voluntarily isolate themselves for 14 days as part of a theatre festival in Litschau in the norhwest of Austria. Anna Marboe, Alina Schaller, Anton Widauer, Felix Kammerer and Tilman Tuppy, the young actors, part of the theatre group kollekTIEF, are locked in containers for 14 days for the performance "Bitte Nicht Berühren" ("Please do not touch") making a parallel with the quarantine period imposed to fight the novel coronavirus.
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