, July 24, 2017

Rustom Bharucha, former IRC-Fellow and Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, joined the conference Open City – Towards an Intercultural Social Center that was held from 13 until 15 October 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia. On this occasion, Rustom Bharucha was interviewed by Ivan Hromatko, journalist at Kulturpunkt, a non-profit web portal that is part of Kurziv – Platform for Matters of Culture, Media and Society, a non-profit organization working towards the development of a critical and analytical discourse in Croatia.
In this interview, Bharucha elaborates on the ideas and challenges of interculturalism and how those could be made productive not only for the idea of a cultural center in Zagreb but also for the challenges arising with the current migration into Europe. We publish parts of the interview here on
Textures – the full-length interview can be read on the Kulturpunkt website. read more

, June 19, 2017
A few weeks ago, IRC-Fellow Hanne de Bruin went to Paris to see Une chambre en Inde, Théâtre de Soleil's latest production directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. The production premiered in November 2016 and was inspired, among other things, by the South Indian (Tamil language) Kattaikkuttu or Terukkuttu theatre. Hanne de Bruin works as Programme Director/Facilitator for the Kattaikkuttu Sangam, an association of professional Kattaikkuttu performers. Together with her husband Kattaikkuttu actor, director and playwright, P. Rajagopal, she helped set up the school Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam in 2002. Being an expert on Kattaikkuttu, de Bruin watched Une chambre en Inde with totally different eyes then most of its audience - a rare chance to get a special insight. Have a look at her review to learn about her thoughts and questions. read more
, April 10, 2017
As a follow-up of his text on last year's Tangier International Conference IRC Research Associate Stefan Donath writes about "Blasmia" by young Moroccan theater company Daha-Wassa, not only sharing his thoughts on the production but also presenting an interview with Ahmed Hammoud, director of “Blasmia” and artistic director of Daha-Wassa. The text provides a valuable insight into making of the production and the work of the company. read more
, March 1, 2017
Last year’s 12th edition of the annual Tangier International Conference entitled “The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Theater” aimed at recapturing narrative elements and contemporary practices in different theater and performance cultures in order to interrogate the return to narrative-centred traditions. As an integral part of the conference the festival Performing Tangier presented not only Moroccan productions but a variety of performances from the Arab world. IRC-Research Associate Stefan Donath visited Tangier and shares his impressions with us. read more
, December 13, 2016
In the frame of the Theater Olympics 2016 in Wroclaw the European Theatre Perspectives symposium (ETP) offered a forum dedicated to exploring new channels for cross-cultural dialogs and engagement in performance, bringing together practitioners and researchers working in different regional, linguistic, and disciplinary contexts. Among the participants – consisting of many former IRC-Fellows as well as IRC-director Prof. Erika Fischer-Lichte – Christel Weiler spoke about “The Art of Encounter” elaborating her thoughts on how theaters in Germany reacted to the refugee crisis. She especially describes her experience with the latest production of former IRC-Fellow Nora Amin. For those who couldn’t be present, we share her paper with you. read more
, December 4, 2016
The 2016 Thalia Prize of the International Association of Theatre Critics has been awarded to former IRC-Fellow and IRC Advisory Board Member Femi Osofisan from Nigeria, a playwright, director, actor, critic, poet, novelist, editor and newspaper columnist. The Thalia Prize is meant to highlight the work of those who have helped critics around the globe to understand new ways of seeing and appreciating the performing arts worldwide. The 2016 Thalia Prize was presented to the awardee during the IATC Congress last September in Belgrade, where Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Erika Fischer-Lichte presented the award to Femi Osofisan – we share her laudatory speech held on this occasion with you. read more
, June 23, 2016

Last weekend the Festival Theaterformen ended after 11 vibrant days of performances, installations, talks and concerts, as well as our research atelier Our Common Futures.

In this post Festival Grant Awardee Ho Rui An from Singapour shares his thoughts about two Malayan performances of the festival's first weekend. read more

, June 23, 2016
Our last Quote of the Day from the research atelier comes from Camilla Loeffler Berg, who is a student at the University of Hildesheim. Read to learn how multi-point plugs connect to performing arts... read more
, June 16, 2016

The ten Festival Grant Awardees are part of a very small group of people who will watch all performances of Festival Theaterformen. With their heads filled with endless impulses and impressions they are discussing their thoughts in daily meetings, also reflecting on their own work as artists.

Kaori Nishio from Japan shares with us her idea and concept for a talk with the artists of the first festival weekend. Read her text about two imagined encounters. read more

, June 15, 2016
In this post, Maleen Bettels, student at the University of Hildesheim, presents her Quote of the Day, chosen from the first day of the research atelier Our Common Futures. read more