After Germany refused to give visas to three members of the Amed Metropolitan Theatre, the staging of the play ‘Don Kîxot’ in European cities has had to have been postponed.
The play is a Kurdish (Kurmanci) adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote by Fehad Feqî, focusing on the differences in social and ethical values.
The play was scheduled to be staged in various cities in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands, starting on 15 January.
Germany reportedly denied visas to three young bachelor members of the drama group, expressing concern that they might choose not return to Turkey.
Berfin Emektar, one of the actors said:
“We were planning to stage Don Kîxot in our European tour, but half of our actors were denied visas with reasons that are unacceptable for an artist. These actors are young artists who recently joined our group. The German authorities expressed concern regarding the marital status of our friends and said they are worried that our friends might not return from Germany. They made no other explanation.”
The Amed Metropolitan Theatre was founded in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakır (Amed) in 1990.