14 june 2018

   Oltea Zambori

Last weekend of the 25th edition of FITS brings famous artists for the first time in Romania

Youngr, SUPERORGANISM and KillASon are the three bands that will play new music in Piața Mare of Sibiu. With millions of Youtube views and exceptional multimedia shows, the artists invited at the festival will surely be the delight of those who will be in Sibiu during the weekend of 15-17 June. Admission is free at these three events proposed by the organizers for a series of evenings filled with color on the festival city streets.

SUPERORGANISM is a Transatlantic group featuring Maine, New England-based, Japanese vocalist Orono and a sprawling line up of international musicians / pop culture junkies currently living all under one roof in London’s East End. Their concert at FITS will be on 15 June, at 10:45 PM. Acclaimed by the French press (Les Inrocks, Trax, Noisey etc) as well as internationally (The New York Times, The Quietus), KillASon is in the process of revealing the full extent of his charisma to the world, carried by his vibrant, hybrid hip-hop style and he will be on stage in Sibiu, Romania on 16 June, at 10:15 PM. Since breaking through last year with his self-released debut single "Out Of My System", Youngr, a multi-talented musician, has racked up over 34 million streams on Spotify, 26 million views on Facebook, 4 million views on YouTube, and sold-out tours across Europe and North America. His phenomenal live show will take place in Piața Mare on 17 June, at 10:15 PM.

Also on 15 June, at 8 PM, Filarmonica de Stat (Sala Thalia) will host "The Master and Margarita", a performance of Satiricus Ion Luca Caragiale Theatre from the Republic of Moldova. From the directing point of view, Sandu Grecu solves the problem from the very beginning, announcing (both scenographically, and linguistically) the "building" of the Tower of Babel, thus convincingly accepting the dialogue in different languages: Hebrew, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian and Romanian. It is an eccentric performance (and staging), in which we can find a clear poetic side and a cinema-like sarcastic narrative, without having the feeling that we have said something truly important and defining about the show’s profound and polyphonic character. Sandu Grecu builds "The Master and Margarita" in a particular and inventive resonance with the peculiarities of the text.

"Power of Diversity - Crossing Lines" is the title of the European project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, which is carried out over the course of 3 years. The following partner institutions join "Radu Stanca" National Theatre of Sibiu in this project: Aktionstheater PAN.OPTIKUM (Freiburg, Germany) - who is also the coordinator of this project - Barentsspektakel in Kirkenes, Temudas Festival Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Teatromania Bytom, Tete a Tete Street Theatre Festival Rastatt, Corn Exchange Trust, Passage Festival, Creative Foundation, Viathea Festival Görlitz.

At FITS 2018, the Power of Diversity is represented by the performance "Crossing Lines", directed by Sigrun Fritsch, which will be held in Piața Mare on 15 June, at 9:30 PM.
Over the past 3 years, German theatre company Pan Optikum has created small productions with many young people in its partners’ cities across Europe. Some of the performers in these performances were then invited to come to Freiburg where, after 6 weeks of rehearsals, they created this performance, "Crossing Lines", which is now touring its partner festivals.
In this way, the project has created an international community that transcends borders. The performance is a co-production of Barentsspektakel in Kirkenes, Temudas Festival Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Teatromania Bytom, "Radu Stanca" National Theatre of Sibiu, Tete a Tete Street Theatre Festival Rastatt, Corn Exchange Trust, Passage Festival, Creative Foundation and Viathea Festival Görlitz.

"Cion: Requiem of Ravel's Bolero" is a production of Vuyani Dance Theatre of South Africa and it will be performed no less than three times at FITS 2018: on 15 June at 10 PM and on 16 June at 4 PM and 8 PM, at "Radu Stanca" National Theatre. Gregory Maqoma, internationally celebrated choreographer, dancer, social entrepreneur and recipient of the French Government’s "Chevalier de L’ordre des Arts et Lettre" (Knight of the Arts and Literature Award), brings author Zakes Mda’s mourner, Toloki, to life on stage in the dance piece "Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero". Mda attained global renown with "Ways of Dying" (1995), his seminal first novel that featured the unforgettable character Toloki, a professional mourner at township funerals during South Africa’s transition to democracy. Mda’s writing is entrenched in African values and ethics and offers a broader view of South Africa as a complex animal with unique cultures.

To make the morning better, Julius Meinl provides the coffee during the daily press conferences held at Habitus Bookstore.

Tickets for FITS 2018 can be purchased at the Theatre Agency (17, Nicolae Bălcescu Street) during the festival, between 9 AM and 8 PM, and the Info Desk can be found in the same place with the same hourly schedule. Online tickets and more information about the scheduled performances can be found at Tickets purchased online on the festival's website have the same price as those purchased from the Theatre Agency. Prices for tickets purchased directly from the platform vary depending on selected printing and shipping options.

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