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   6 June 2014

   Adrian Tibu

1, 2, 3... the Festival started!

The 21st edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival starts today, presenting a program which brings the public the joy of street performances, the productions of some of the best known theatrical and dance companies in the world, the most exhilarating concerts, but also a series of special events such as book launches and reading performances.

“Much like Avignon or Nancy in the past, Sibiu becomes a consuming city, a giving one, which loses its peace for a week in order to adopt the extreme logic of urban ceremonies. In this space of order, madness becomes an everyday passing reality. All the words connected to disorder in the Romanian language are of Turkish origin, a sign that we are also part of the festive orient which is still preserved in the language. Sibiu becomes Balkan during this festival!” said George Banu, a member in the artistic board of the Festival.

Street performances will start today, at 5 p.m. with “The Pisa Fanfare Parade” which will start from the pedestrian street Nicolae Bălceascu and will continue at 5.30 p.m. with the interactive dance of the artists in the “Tribes of Colors”, and then starting with 8.45 p.m., the  street will dance on the samba rhythm together with the artists from the London School of Samba. The series of Romanian concerts in the Large Square starts today with a recital sustained by Andra starting with 9.30 p.m., and then Saturday, at 10.30 p.m. Pasărea Rock will get up on the same stage with a concert which stars Mircea Baniciu, Joseg Kappl and Ovidiu Lipan Țăndărică. The high point of street performance opening is represented by the circus  show sustained by the artists from Les Landemains which unwinds at a height of 10 meters (10.30 p.m., Large Square). It will be followed by an impressive fireworks show scheduled to take place in the parking space at Cazarma 90 starting with 11.45 p.m. The series of street performances continues on Saturday and Sunday with performances on Nicolae Bălcescu  street starting with 1 p.m. Most definitely one of the long-expected performances in the Large Square will be that of the Teatr KTO Company from Poland. “The Blind” is a grand theatrical performance inspired from the best-seller entitled “Essay on Blindness” signed by the Portuguese writer Jose Saramago, a Nobel Prize winner.

The first three days of the Festival bring to Sibiu some of the most important and appreciated international directors among which Lev Dodin, Wajdi Mouawad, Bastian Kraft, Silviu Purcărete, Gianina Cărbunariu, K. Kiyama, Denis Podalydès and Oliver Frljić. The series of dance performances during this weekend will bring on the stage in Sibiu a series of choreographers and dancers who wish to innovate by combining the most diverse forms of stage expression. Sébastien Ramirez & Honji Wang, Cesc Gelabert, Ohad Naharin, Jo Strømgren, Angélica Liddell, Moe Yamamoto will be among them.

“The most important investments we have made during these years were in people and quality. From the team you work with to the partners you choose and culminating with the creation of a new audience – these were the objectives from which we did not wander off. I am now introducing into the equation the most important goal which rendered credibility to all the actions which we take: quality. You cannot make a difference without it, you cannot leap, and you cannot burn stages without running the danger of falling. The quality of the team, of the artistic performance, of the projects and the program, of partners, of options and associations, of the dialog with the self, with the team and with all the partners you have are also goals we see to everyday” said Constantin Chiriac, the president of the Festival.

The 21st edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival will take place between June 6 and June 15, 2015.

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Special program for exhibition varnishings:

Friday, June 6

12 p.m. - Casa Artelor, Marcel Chirnoaga Exhibition and the Book Launch for “The Universe of a great artist. Marcel Chirnoaga”.

12.30 p.m. – The Gallery of the Plastic Artists Union – Mask Exhibition (Iran): My face on the wall. Saiu and Tămâian will address the audience

1 p.m. – Mojo Cafe- Marionetts

3 p.m. – The foyer of the Gong Theatre – In memoriam Cezar Ivanescu

Saturday, June 7

12.30 p.m. – Habitus, Photo exhibition: Oidip. Mihaela Marin.

6.30 p.m. –Thalia Hall –Ștefan Câlția Exhibition: Teatrum mundi. Speakers: George Banu, Sorin Alexandrescu

7.30 –Thalia Hall (basement) – Photo exhibition. Radu Afrim

Sunday, June 8

1 p.m. – CIT, Photo exhibition. Silviu Purcarete. 


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