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   18 MAY 2016

   CRISTINA GHINEA

Good news for the spectators of FITS 2016!

The National Theatre "Radu Stanca" Sibiu announces the sale of a new package of tickets for the performances that will take place at the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu between 10 and 19 June.

Dance and theater, foreign shows or Made in Romania, chosen carefully to enjoy an audience with eclectic tastes. Below, a brief synopsis of the performances:

Old Clown Wanted (Romania, National Theatre Satiricus I.L.Caragiale), Director: Alexander Grecu, is an adaptation of the last play written by Matthew Vişniec in Romania, winner of an Uniter Prize. Histrionic by definition, the main characters do not divide the traditional heroes in happy and sad comedians - they are primarily men, good and bad, unwillingly participating in the Circus of Life and Death. The satiric actors use the inimitable comic, lyric and dramatic register, achieving an artistic "lethal" cocktail of kindness and sarcasm, generosity and selfishness, envy and compassion, tenderness and cruelty, compassion and callousness, maturity and childishness. “Everyone can be Peppino. There are thousands of Peppinos. Everyone can be Peppino!”

The Audition (Romania, University of Arts ”George Enescu” Iași)
Director: Univ. Conf. Dr. Octavian Jighirgiu, is a trip to the Russia of the ’90, in a city which could as well be everywhere in the East –European Block. With the lure of a better life in a prosperous country as leitmotif, the play analyses both the condition of the individual who, once he has gained freedom, does not know how to manage it, and the relationship of the couple, in a confused society, living in poverty.

Flow (Romania,Univeristy of Theatre Târgu-Mureș), Director and choreography: Noémi Bezsán
Straining and relaxation coming from within the matter, nervous impulses acting on parts of the body create movement that confronts physical reality. The dancers discover the human body, far from their comfort zone, while spectators see water, oil, honey, chewing gum, rope and metallic spring coming to life.

Kaspar (U.S.A., Pace School of Performing Arts / Enigma Theatre Collective), Director: Scott Davis, revitalizes the investigation of effect the loss of language has on the human psyche. This deconstructed and re-imagined version conveys the parallels of the female condition to the journey of Kaspar- by transferring the text into the evoution of the female experience; the world is then modernized and transformed to shed light on today.

Chess Mate (Moldova, Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau / M.A.D.E. Theatre), Director and choreography: Ianoș Petrașcu/ Eugen Farguțu.
M.A.D.E. stands for Movement, Art, Dance and Emotion. These are the main ingredients we bring to the public in this recipe for power and its perils, inspired by„Richard the IIIrd”, the famous Shakespearian play. At the end of the war on the chess table, we have just one question to ask: black or white?

How to divide a tear / Re: Division (Japan), choreography: Naoto Katori & Ikumi Kurosu.
The two artists perform as a duo since 2013, and the choreography starts from simple forms and becomes increasingly intense by an original language, expressing a complex view on the world around them, like a study of the human body as individual expression in a medium of cultural diversity. The performance has been awarded at the Yokohama Dance Collection EX, Japan, 2015.

Our Class (Croatia, Academy of Arts Osijek), Director: Jasmin Novljaković
On July 10th in 1941, during the German occupation, in the picturesque Polish village of Jedwabno a terrible crime occurred. A group of local residents, Poles, have closed the group of their fellow townsmen, Jews, in the barn, poured them on with kerosene and burned them alive.
Therefore, the theatre performance speaks all crimes in all the other war places of the world.

The Appeal (U.S.A., Pace School of Performing Arts / GAPESEED Theatre Co.), Director: Dana Greenfield,
This outlandish play investigates the bounds of language and how we block our own creative potential. William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, and Dorothy Wordsworth get drunk, hang out, and brood in England and the Swiss Alps. They argue over poetry, the possibilities of the imagination, and furniture. An intense, comedic, high energy, angsty, and historically inaccurate look at the English Romantic poets.

Wild Duck Addiction (Japan, Edo Marionette Theatre YOUKIZA), Director: Yoji SAKATE.
A funeral procession accompanies Hedvig, a girl who has committed suicide. People walk through the woods in search for a burial ground. The story revolves around the members of the procession, looking at past "events that have led to the death of the injured creature" Wild creatures living in nature, that die due to human tyranny by poisoning or hunting, and human beings with certain defects are captured in antithesis.

Dawn Way (Romania, University ”Lucian Blaga” in Sibiu), Director: Veronica și Cătălin Pătru, presents various characters in a crisis. Couples are put to the test during a night, attempting to resolve the situation. For each scene the author has chosen the same action -an accident, but viewed from different perspectives. Each choice can bring the characters closer or further from humanity. One of the phrases from the text says that people are a lost cause. Is that really so?

Uncle Vania (Romania, University for Arts and Cinema "I. L. Caragiale" București), Director: Tania Filip & Dana Rotaru, is a direct approach, free of preconceptions so entrenched in the history of performance arts. A space that brings together master students with a great Chekhovian text, a space in which they measure their prowess and, not least, where they breathe. The actor: without directing innovations and interpretations, Chekhov’s text is served with honesty and condescension.

Memoirs of an Inexperienced Mother (UK, Leeds Beckett University), Director: Sara Jackson, an interactive performance of a semi-autobiographical play, looking at what happens when the plan for a perfect birth goes horribly wrong. There will be laughter, tears, joy and fear as we look at the absurdity of creating the perfect plan, knowing that it will never happen. The miracle of birth is a different experience for everybody. The one thing they all have in common is that they don't go to plan.

Shukshin's Stories (Russia, State Theatre of Nations), Director: Alvis Hermanis, one of the most cherished events of this Festival’s edition. Shukshin's Stories have a nostalgic feel. The actors do not intend to portray peasants of the Soviet 70's but seek, through reconstruction, to understand what caused the characters to be as they are. Thus, by humor and irony tragic, they create tragic symbols of ordinary human relations, described in a manner rare in the theater.

Illuminations (Poland, The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw), Director and choreography: Liwia Bargieł.
Marta did not have an easy life. Stanisław’s presence at home was rare. He rather spent time with Berlin bohemian fellows, living surrounded by splendor of his fame. But Marta was deeply devoted. She was his mistress, mother of his children.
Dagny wanted to be the one for Stach, but she became one of many. A number of men fell for her, she loved only the one.
These three characters, Stanisław Przybyszewski, Dagny Juel and Marta Foerder meet in a gallery on Unter den Linden 19 in Berlin at the Edvard Munch exhibition “The Scream”.

Marbles (Romania, Theatre L.S. Bulandra), Director: Yury Kordonsky.
Two people: the barbarian Publius and the Roman Tullius, are locked in a cell in a tower somewhere near ancient Rome, their lives being transposed into the modern era. Rome becomes a utopia of space and time, and the tower is the result of this utopia, while rethinking the relationship between the individual and society. The dialogue between the two prisoners, played by Victor Rebenciuc and Marian Râlea is ironic, humorous, sentimental, poetical and philosophical.

A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians (Bulgaria, New Bulgarian University), Director: Desislava Shpatova.
This project brings together students in NBU theatre programs from different generations. Parts of the cast are two deaf students, whose presence makes a social comment on diversities and our ability to integrate them. Working on Maslovska’s play we confirm our independency – as artists, humans and citizens of European suburbs. Written in 2006, ”A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians”, is the first play of 24-year-old Polish literary phenomenon Dorota Maslovska: “A joke which isn’t really so funny at all. In Poland there are no Romanians, but there is the Roma minority. It’s a symbol for a certain sort of person, a gypsy standing on the street in a long skirt”.
Exciting enough?

Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo (Romania, Youth Choir of the Evangelical Catholic Church Sibiu)
The Youth Choir of the Evangelical Catholic Church Sibiu will present in a rhythmic and humorous style a cantata composed in 1970 by Joseph Horowitz on a text written by Michael Flanders, an adaptation of the biblical story of Noah.

g.a.me (Romania, Universitaty„Babes Bolyai” Cluj Napoca), Director: Györgyjakab Enikő.
As the stone creates ripples when dropped into the still water, so does the body tremble at the threshold of the tiniest turmoil. Maybe this could be the shortest review of the performance. “g.a.m.e.” was created from impulses, from the binding of movements, rhythm, attention and the attempt to create a form that allows life to manifest itself. The group scenes together with the individual ones create a dynamic mosaic of images that calls into our mind the atmosphere of peace and war, the subtle energies of love or those of disillusion. Personal stories, melodies of recalled memories are part of the performance and fill with meaning the tiny ripples of the body.

Silence Falls (UK, University of St. Mark & St. John, Plymouth / The Actor's Wheel), Director: Amanda Collins & Kevin Johnson, an atmospheric fusion of storytelling, theatre and black cabaret. Follow Madame E and her traveling theatre group, venturing into the macabre world of Edgar Allan Poe and decadent stories about death, desire and crime.
Come enjoy the masquerade and lose yourselves in their mysterious histories! But remember that the one who listens must pay a price…

'Round midnight (Switzerland). Organ concert by Jürg Leutert. Dark, mystical, warm with unexpected acoustic references played on the magnificent Sauer organ of 1915, or at the least, on the small, charming one by Hahn in 1748. Musical compositions of centuries will awake to life every dark corner of the Evangelical Cathedral and will tell wordless stories.
The Bridge (Romania, University„Lucian Blaga” Sibiu), Director: Anca Bradu. The project aims to be a manifesto for communication, balance, harmony and other positive values able to bring the children back to their families, the family in the center of society, regained values back into society. The central couple Peter- Sofia is a modern day replay of Romeo and Juliet, of Wendla and Melchior, of the heroes of classical Shakespeare and Wedekind. They bring into the present day the tragic fate of the young people who cannot find themselves in the society, family and the repressive and absurd educational environment

Twelfth Night (Romania, Theatre Metropolis), stage version: Victor Ioan Frunză. Drama and comedy, disguises and jokes, cynicism and sarcasm are as many poses and pretenses to talk about love. You just have to choose! At the same time, with the wisdom of the centuries passed by since Shakespeare, we wonder more and more, and perhaps we can give a better answer on what is the purpose and condition of man.

Almost, Maine (National College "Gheorghe Lazar"/Theater Group "As"), Director: Andrei Gheorghe.
Almost is a small town in the northern United States where people live life "as it should be lived." It's where people fall in love and out of love in the most bizarre and funny situations. We all get tattoos or use an ironing board, but in "Almost" all these have a completely different meaning: they become those things that bring people together.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Romania, Universitty „Babes Bolyai” Cluj Napoca), Director: Filip Odangiu & Sinko Ferenc. The Chronicle of a Death Foretold show is a dramatization of the homonymic novel written by Gabriel García Márquez. The patriarchal atmosphere of a small town is turned upside down in just a few hours, during which all the community members undergo a transformation, becoming from participants to a wedding party, accomplices to a murder. The crime, done in the name of "honor ", due to anachronistic laws, becomes the occasion of disclosure of hidden social conflicts and individual problems

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Public access to events scheduled in the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu is based on tickets issued by the Theatrical Agency Sibiu, Bd. Balcescu, no. 17 (Tuesday to Saturday between 11:00 and 18:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00) and the national network of following shops: Germanos, Orange and Vodafone, the Humanitas and Cărtureşti bookstores or online at www.eventim.ro. Admission is free for outdoor events and special events (special conferences, the reading section and part of the film section).

Access to the venues will be allowed upon presentation of a valid ticket, for one person, once. The access ticket must be kept throughout the event. No tickets bookings for the performances of the Festival are possible; a seat in the venue is guarantees only by the purchase of a ticket. The International Theatre Festival in Sibiu accepts cash payment, credit cards (Visa and Mastercard Maestro) and by order of payment (organized groups). Entry into the auditorium after the start of the event, as it appears printed on the ticket, is not allowed. Failure to show up in time at the performance invalidates the ticket without right to reimbursement or use for another performance.
The National Theatre "Radu Stanca" Sibiu offers discounts on tickets for students and pensioners only on a supporting document to be presented at the entrance to the auditorium. If the viewer is not able to prove that he is a student or pensioner, the organizer may refuse access to the venue without refunding the ticket or until it the price difference is paid.

The use of mobile phones, cameras and video or audio recording devices is forbidden during the whole indoor event. In case of illness of an actor or force majeure, the organizers reserve the right to make changes in the program and tickets sold can be refunded or renewed for another performance. The expenses resulting from additional costs (travel, hotel, ground, bank charges, etc.) will not be covered by the organizer.
The program of performances of the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu can be subject to change and the updated program will be available in time on www.sibfest.ro. For any information or doubts please contact by email ticketing@sibfest.ro.

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