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).All archives
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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.
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.
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.