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Avant-garde in Avignon - the Festival d'Avignon 2011

article Festival d'Avignon/Christophe Raynaud de Lage

France’s largest, most avant-garde performing arts festival opens on Wednesday in Avignon. Directors and choreographers, French and foreign, have complete artistic licence in the spectacular mediaeval city. And there are over 1,000 unofficial shows. For three weeks there's creative chaos in  churches, storefronts, schools, open-air cloisters and the vast courtyard of the 14th-century Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes).

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Festival reports

  • The Taiwanese connection at Avignon

    Watching five dancers leap from chair to table and back with almost mechanical precision is one of the arresting moments at this year’s Avignon festival. It’s a physical metaphor for the influence of family on our lives. 

  • The man who tried to stop the Holocaust

    Jan Karski, a Polish diplomat, risked his life to tell the free world about the Holocaust in 1942 - but no one listened. Arthur Nauzyciel has turned a novel about Karski’s life into a play for this year’s festival.

  • New York theatre keeps audience hanging on the telephone

    A musical version of a life told in telephone conversations - transcribed word for word – has been one of the revelations at the Avignon Theatre Festival.  

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