AICT-IATC and sections express support for Ukraine
Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, President of the International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT-IATC) and ATCA member and leader of several decades, continues to share communications from AICT-IATC and member sections on the evolving situation in Ukraine. Theater around the world brings worlds together, sometimes in horror, and always in support. Read the original statement on the aict-iatc website here, New responses will be added here as they are received.
24 February 2022
TO: Ukraine Section, International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT-IATC)
FROM: Russia Section, International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT-IATC)
RE: Russian Military Invasion of Ukraine
The President and General Secretariat of the International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT-IATC) today received a message from our colleagues in the Russia Section of IATC to our colleagues in the Ukraine Section of IATC. We are distributing this message through all available channels.
“Dear colleagues and friends!
We are horrified and condemn the military aggression that is launched against Ukrainian people by this government. We express our protest by all available means – manifesting and signing petitions against the war. We feel shame and helplessness. Be safe! Let theatre always stay a space for humanity.”
One of the primary missions of the International Association of Theatre Critics is to promote global free expression, the building of bridges between cultures, and the advocacy of freedom whenever it is constrained. The IATC calls upon the Russian government to allow the free and peaceful expression of dissent within its border and to respect the borders of independent nations.
Free expression is now a rallying point for freedom-loving people throughout the globe. We strongly urge the Russian government to cease and desist from its current path of oppression.
26 February 2022
Thank you for having distributed the moving message from the Russia Section to Ukraine Section.
We the Japan Section immediately convened the urgent session and has unanimously published the attached message to fully support the Russian initiatives.
Let us join together to show our support for those suffering from these horrific events.
(We do not know the mail address of Mr Serhiy Vasyliev, the President of the Association of Theatre Critics of Ukraine: if you happen to know, we would be very grateful if you could forward this humble message from us. Many hearty thanks.)
Ted Motohashi, President, AICT-IATC Japan Section
Tomoka Tsukamoto, General Secretary, AICT-IATC Japan Section