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   11 June 2016

   Ruxandra Predescu

FIRST DAY AT SITF 2016!

Building up anticipaton for almost a year since the last fireworks went out at the end of its 22nd edition, Sibiu International Theater Festival (SITF) has begun yesterday in the medieval citadel and it started to turn the architecture and the buildings into a great scene for a neverending performance!

Early in the day, festival enthusiasts were able to attend several exhibitions dispersed around the city during the Festival, which we strongly recommend – you can find more information here; others attended the book launch of "The Lesson, a Meditation on Seven Topics" by Octavian Saiu.

The rain, the unbridled companion of SITF, has also decided to join us but this did not inhibit the street performers to charm their audience, the Spaniards from Osadia to create a miriad o fantastical hair styles or the beautiful and talented girls from Dream Team Majorettes (Czech Republic) to parade on the main street in their short skirts!
The fire ignited by SITF is hard to be extinguished by the rain. The fire of Cie.Faï (France) captivated the audience during their performance, "Dream Maker", which featured acrobatics and high jumps on stilts with bounce! The enthusiasm of the dancers from Circus Fantasia Brasil was at its peak, despite the weather.

Finally, in the evening there was a full house in the Large Square at the concert of Carla's Dreams, where hardcore fans gathered and sang along with the Moldavian band. After the concert, the band members remained backstage for an hour to take pictures with the dozens of "dreamers" who had literally queued to be closer to their idols!
After the musical treat, the Large Square was conquered by the Italians from Kitonb Project, with their show, "Carillon, the Flight of Time". For almost an hour, the audience watched in awe as the three scenes of the show unfolded, with their graceful acrobatics and their giant surrealist music box!

The performance venues were also full, either for "The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" (our audience has a big heart, just so you know!) directed by Chris Simion-Mercurian, or for "Goldberg Variations", a Radu Stanca National Theater performance with a script filled with irony and humour representing a plea for the freedom of religious expression.

Other two performances that were discussed at length last night were those included in the Event section of the Festival, "Armine, Sister" (Poland, Teatr ZAR) and "Institute" (Gecko, UK), both genuine manifestations of artistic mastery but in different registers.

In the evening, the friends of the Festival met at the Festival Club. But not before the fireworks, of course!

We invite you to take part in the festival events until the 19th of June. You can find more information about the events at www.sibfest.ro.

      © Paul Băilă

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