September 28, 2017 - e-flux - An Open Letter to Chris Dercon
September 28, 2017


Police arriving to evict the occupation of Volksbühne, Berlin, September 28, 2017.

Dear Chris Dercon,

We understand that the situation around your appointment as the new Director of Volksbühne theater is complicated, and that the current atmosphere in regards to this matter makes rational discourse difficult. We are appalled that during the past months this situation escalated to the point of physical attacks against your person. Despite the fact that the occupation, which started last Friday, has so far been very peaceful, we are aware that many of the people who work at the theater do not support the occupation and have appealed to be allowed to continue their work.

But we are also extremely concerned that this morning, after your filing of a criminal complaint, the police was deployed to block the theater and to evict the artists, actors and others who were occupying it.

We would like to remind you that only a few years ago you were part of the jury of the European Cultural Foundation award which selected Teatro Valle Occupato as one of the laureates in 2013/14—an occupation that was precisely for the democratization of a cultural space. 

We call on you as the Director of the theater to continue seeking a resolution of this conflict through dialogue and engagement with the cultural community.

Hands Off Our Revolution & e-flux

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