Avignon may be France’s oldest arts festival, but it has a resolutely contemporary approach to the dramatic arts, with experimental performances that draw on dance, theatre and poetic traditions. We sit down with multidisciplinary artist Kubra Khademi, whose performance “From Armour to Jackets” kicks off the festival, to hear about the military detritus that became a poignant symbol of the American retreat from her native Afghanistan. Kubra talks about being forced to flee Kabul after a controversial artistic performance in 2015 and discusses how the Taliban have now left Afghans “trapped in their own country”.
9 Aug 2020
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.