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    8 june 2015

   DANIELA PLOPEANU

„Courtney Love”, „Shakespeare Forever” and „Iliad” – Poland and Greece bring world-class productions at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival 2015

There are only 3 days left until it starts the 22nd edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, which will take place between the 12th-21st of June. Poland and Greece are represented this year by their most important productions and their best national actors.

The Polish Theatre in Wroclaw brings to Sibiu the show which was awarded as „The best Polish performance” in 2013: „Courtney Love”, based on a text by the famous playwright Pawel Demirski. The performance is scheduled for Friday, on the 19th of June, at 5 p.m., at the Octavian Goga National College (only 112 tickets left). The show combines the image of the spectacular career of Nirvana with the reality of Polish show business in the nineties, when the success – understood as the only option in life – was imprinted in the society’s mentality. It’s a musical story based on schemes, limitations and trivialized ways of building a possible career. Courtney Love – who faithfully accompanied the great success of Nirvana being at the same time accused for leading to the collapse of this group – becomes a figure who underlines all the negative effects of a capitalistic reality. Monika Strzepka’s daring directing, Pawel Demirski’s uncompromising play, and the evergreens of Nirvana and Hole, performed life by actresses and actors of the Polish Theatre, make this show unforgettable. Pawel Demirski was awared by the the magazine „Politics” (2010) „For the continuous development of a critical theatre. For the courage to be critical and to speak more than we would want to hear”. He will also have a reading-show: „Diamonds are Coal that Got Down to Business”, scheduled on the 18th of June, at 2 p.m., at the Humanitas Bookstore.

The famous Polish actor, Andrzej Seweryn will show his skills in a one-man-show based on some texts by Shakespeare and produced by Arnold Szyfman Polish Theatre in Warsaw, scheduled for Tuesday, on the 16th of June, at 6 p.m., at Thalia Hall (only 240 tickets left). Andrzej Seweryn is also one of only three non-French actors to be hired by the Paris-based Comédie-Française. He is currently serving as the manager of the Polish Theatre in Warsaw.

In „Shakespeare Forever”, in an interactive dialogue with the audience, Andrzej Seweryn speaks about the world of Shakespeare and the world in general, creating a unique debate about the contemporary theatre and at the same time a manifestation of faith in the power of the dramatic arts. The play touches on major Shakespearean themes: the obsession with power, the madness of the senses, the timelessness of love and the sadness of loneliness, jealousy and betrayal, the ubiquity of desire and the pain of failure, doubts about the meaning of life, and the power of hope. It transforms Shakespearean drama into a context for our own modern doubts and tragedies. This production is recommended to connoisseurs of the works of Shakespeare as well as to those still new to his art. From Greece, Stathis Livathinos, director and curently the manager of the Greek National Theatre, brings to the festival an outstanding production: „Iliad” by Homer. The performance is scheduled for the last day of the festival, on the 21st of June, at 8 p.m. at BRD Scena 9 (only 148 tickest left). „The Iliad” that Aristotle called the very first tragedy in the history of human beings, takes us to a gigantic open orchestra. Being a classic, seminal work of the celebrated culture of Ancient Greece, „The Iliad” is subjected now to a modern artistic gaze. The atmosphere on stage is dynamic and ever changing as fifteen actors seamlessly weave from theatre performers to contemporary rhapsodies. Two musicians with a complex percussion set and electronic devices enhance the experience. „Not often does one come across such an energetic, ultra focused, intense and yet so precisely executed production. Simply brilliant! A humorously told and ingeniously envisioned tale of war-weariness, honour, leadership, foolhardiness and nonsense of war.” (Written by Karin Veraart for Volkskrant in Amsterdam on October 2013.)

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival will bring together for 10 days participants from 70 countries, which will perform 427 events, in 67 locations, for an audience estimated at 65.000 spectators per day. The entrance at the events scheduled in the festival is based on tickets purchased at the Theatre Agency in Sibiu, 17 Nicolae Balcescu BLVD, online at www.eventim.ro and in the national chain of Domo, Germanos, Orange Vodafone as well as at Humanitas and Carturesti Bookstores. The entrance is free for the outdoor performances and for the special events (special conferences, readings, film projections)

The schedule of the Theatre Agency for the following days is:

  • 9th-11th of June from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • 12th-21st of June from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

      © Natalia Kabanow

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