A discussion between Milo Rau, Julia Wissert, Simon Strauss and Nastazja Domaradzka on the question of representation on stage.
Across history, theatre has been regarded as a medium that emphasises the importance of artistic freedom. As conversations regarding representation increasingly take centre stage, artistic freedom is interwoven with artistic responsibility. Whether it is recognition of intersectionality or an acknowledgement that certain themes must be handled with care, the way we make theatre is evolving. In a time when artists can be called out on social media for their views or artistic choices, how do theatre makers remain dedicated to freedom? How do we continue to make work with and about those on society’s margins without being insensitive?
On 3rd, November, in Prishtina’s Kino Armata, as part of the 2021 Kosovo Theatre Showcase, in front of an audience of international theatre makers and journalists, Milo Rau artistic director of NT Gent, Julia Wissert, artistic director of Theater Dortmund, and theatre critic Simon Strauss discussed these issues and more with moderator Nastazja Domaradzka, a Polish theatre director based in the UK.
Natasha Tripney is a writer, editor and critic based in London and Belgrade. She is the reviews editor for The Stage, the newspaper of the UK theatre industry. In 2011, she co-founded Exeunt, an online theatre magazine, which she edited until 2016. She is a contributor to the Guardian, Evening Standard, the BBC, Tortoise and Kosovo 2.0