International Theatre Festival kicks off in Sibiu

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The 23rd edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) kicks off on Friday, unveiling over 430 theatre performances and national and international events until June 19th. The edition of this year runs under the slogan “Building trust” and has a budget of EUR 9 million.

The organizer, “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu has put up for sale over 8,000 tickets, valid for 35 indoor performances in the total of 131 events.

The spectators can buy the last tickets for the festival via or at the Theatre Agency in Sibiu (17 Nicolae Balcescu street).

Some of the most dynamic theatre, dance or circus companies are ready to entertain the audience, but also several of the most important entertainer personalities are coming to Sibiu.

Besides indoor theatre, dance, music and circus performances, the festival will also comprise outdoor street shows, reading sessions, book launches, workshops and special conferences, movie screenings, a meeting of the theatre schools and the Performances Stock Exchange.

The first day of the festival starts with exhibitions, workshops, conferences and theatre performances.

Pages from the Book of...” is among the first theatre shows taking place at Gong Theatre on June 10, 4 p.m. The play is directed by Andrzej & Teresa Welminski and is inspired from the mysterious life of Polish writer Bruno Schulz. The show is a UK-Spain-Poland coproduction rejoined in “The Third Arrangement” group, bringing a surprise element – the dry ice. The show is also staged on June 11, at 4 p.m.

The street circus show “Faï z’heure de rêves/ The dream maker” should not be missed. It is staged on June 10 at 18:45 on Nicolae Balcescu st. in Sibiu and also on June 11 and June 12.

Lulu” by de Frank Wedekind, directed by Silviu Purcărete, a show by “Radu Stanca” Sibiu Theatre is staged on June 11 at the Culture Factory at 9 p.m. “Lulu” is a strange theatre play, an ancient drama, read on doctor Freud’s shrink coach.

The last show of Saturday is “Kaspar” by Peter Handke, directed by Scott Davis. It’s a theatre play of the US Pace School of Performing Arts/ Enigma Theatre Collective, talking about the impact of the language loss on the human psychic, with an exclusive female distribution. Venue: CAVAS, 23:00 hrs.

The no.1 recommendation for Sunday (22:00 hrs) is “Faust” directed by Silviu Purcărete. The venue is also the Culture Factory. The show is also staged on June 18 and June 19 at the same hour.

A Hunger Artist” after Franz Kafka, directed by Eimuntas Nekrosius, is also staged on Sunday at “Radu Stanca” Theatre at 22:00. The play is staged like a whisper but it is very dramatic at the same time, as it makes you realize the tragedy of a man who believed in art and its job all his life and who can vanish without a trace.

More about the next week’s events of the festival in the upcoming days.

 Outstanding Polish presence

Poland has an outstanding presence at FITS, with the Polish artists’ performances being supported and co-finance by the Polish Institute in Bucharest. The Polish presence includes three performances by Polish authors, two exhibitions, a conference and several workshops.

ZAR Theatre from the Jerzy Grotowski Institute will present „Armine, Sister…” show based on an old song describing the history of the Armenian genocide and its mystery. The performance is due on June 10 and June 11.

The festival guests will be able to visit “Is It a New Idea?” exhibition as of June 13, comprising drawings by Tadeusz Kantor selected from the collection of Teresa and Andrzej Wełmiński, as well as photos by Andrzej Wełmiński together with the dolls and objects used in the “Dead classroom” show. The exhibition will be on display at Redal Expo (4 J.S. Bach street).

Cricoteka. Mariusz Cieszewski
Cricoteka. Mariusz Cieszewski

Polska. Architecture” is another exhibition sheltered at Ibis hotel in Sibiu, presenting the most interesting buildings erected in Poland in the past 25 years. Most of them are culture institutions, financed with EU money.

Iluminacje” dance show, inspired by the tumultuous relationship between Stanisław and Dagny Przybyszewski, is directed by lui Liwia Bargieł and played by the students of the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. It is due at CAVAS Hall on June 15.

Within Sibiu Fringe, the festival of the independent theatres, running simultaneously with FITS, two young Polish women, Patrycja Terciak and Katarzyna Skręt will present „From Bucharest” performance, which reveals the way Poles and Romanians are perceiving one another while also reviewing the historical memory between the two peoples. Venue: 7 Turnului street on June 18,19.

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