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   11 April 2014

   Adrian Tibu

Lev Dodin, Wajdi Mouawad and Silviu Purcărete in the opening of Sibiu International Theatre Festival

The 21st edition of SITF will be opened by the productions of some of the best directors of the moment, like Lev Dodin, Wajdi Mouawad and Silviu Purcărete.

The 21st edition of Sibiu International Theatre Festival will take place during 6-15 June under the theme Uniqueness in Diversity. The selection of events of this year will continue with the tradition of a cultural offer at the highest level. For ten days Sibiu turns into a gigantic scene with artists from all corners of the world presenting theatre plays, dance, music, circus and installations in over 60 locations among which public squares, churches, historical sites, pubs and traditional performance halls.

Perceived as a rarity in theatre for his descriptive talent, the actor, playwright and director Wajdi Mouawad will present in national premiere in Romania the play Seuls from the company Au Carré de l'Hypoténuse. Born in Lebanon in 1968, Wajdi Mouawad was forced to leave his country at the age of 7 because of the civil war, and after a short period of stay in France he migrated to Canada. In 2002 he was awarded the medal of the Chevalier de l'Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres for the numerous awards he had received throughout the world. The play presented in Sibiu is what made him famous at the Avignon Theatre Festival in 2008 and what made him an associate artist the following year. Seuls (Alone) is a one-man show, written, directed and interpreted by Wajdi Mouawad, which presents the story of Harwan, a 30 year old student in Montreal during the period before the presentation of his thesis. He becomes locked in one of the halls of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, for a night that will last more than two thousand years and that will bring him back to the origins of his mother tongue, long forgotten, but which can still be found deep inside of him. The performance scheduled for opening this year's edition of the festival will be held on Friday, 6 June, at 18:00, on the stage of the National Theatre "Radu Stanca" in Sibiu. The show lasts for 2 hours and will be presented in French, with translation into Romanian. In Romania, Wajdi Mouawad is known for the play "Incendies", which was adapted for the eponymous film nominated for an Oscar in 2011.

Also opening this year's edition of the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu will be the Maly Drama Theatre actors from St. Petersburg, Russia. The show "Intrigue and Love" is an adaptation of Friedrich von Schiller, directed by Lev Dodin, one of the most resounding names in the current world of theatre.Born in 1944 in Siberia, Lev Dodin directed emblematic theatre performances for the Russian theatre (Demons, Gaudeamus, Stars in the morning light, Uncle Vanya) which then propelled him on the international scene in 2001 when he received the "Europe Theater Prize" from the European Commission. Known for its rigorous system of working with actors, Dodin requires each of his show to be rehearsed for at least two years so that the actors can identify themselves perfectly with the characters, and every expression and gesture are interpreted as genuinely as possible. "Intrigue and Love" is one of the latest productions of the Russian director, being nominated for Best Performance, Best Director and Best Actress at the Golden Mask Awards Gala this year, which will take place in Moscow, on 18 April. The performance in Sibiu will take place Friday, 6 June, at 21:00h at Casa de Cultură a Sindicatelor. The show lasts for 2h15min and will be presented in Russian, with translation into Romanian.

Silviu Purcărete will also be present at the opening of this year’s edition of the Sibiu Festival with the mega production “Faust”, which will first be performed at 22:00 at Hala Balanţa.  Among the numerous awards received by Silviu Purcărete we find the 1991 Critics’ Awars at the Edinburgh International Festival for the production “Ubu Rex with scenes from Macbeth”, the 1995 Peter Brook Award for the production “A Storm” staged at Nottingham Playhouse, the 1996 Critics’ Award at the Theatre Festival in Dublin and the 2006 Special Jury Award at the International Shakespeare Festival, Gdańsk. He is the recepient of honour Chevalier de l’Order National des Arts et des Lettres and of the medal of the National Order "Star of Romania". Silviu Purcărete’s “Faust” is characterized by the complexity of the director’s vision: it is an extra sensory experience at the border between Earth and Hell, a scenery amplified by projections, fireworks, live rock music, tens of actors and dancers and an original soundtrack by Vasile Şirli. The script of the performance produced by the National Theatre of Sibiu catches essential moments of Goethe’s text: Faust’s pact with the devil, his passion for Margaret, the Walpurgis Night and Faust’s rise to Heaven. The performance lasts two hours and will be played in Romanian, with English translation.

This edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival also hosts an important series of outdoor performances which will enliven the historical centre of the city. The French company Les Lendemains will participate at the opening of the festival with the show “Les Pepones”, a fascinating demonstration of equilibristics and acrobatics at a height of 10 metres. The performance of the eight circus artists in the Les Lendemains talks about dream and flight, in an energetic and humorous trapeze interpretation. The performance will take place in Sibiu’s Big Square on the first day of the festival at 22:30.

This year too, the opening of the 21st edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival will be celebrated through impressive fireworks, thoroughly programmed, of different colours and at different heights, which call for a months of preparation in advance. 600 display shells exploding at a height of over 200 metres, Roman candles of over 130 shots but also firework batteries with over 100 shots will make up the show prepared for this year’s edition by Artificii Orăştie.

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival is the most important performing arts festival in Romania and the third in Europe in size and proportion. The program of the 21st edition will soon be available on www.sibfest.ro.


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2014 FIGURES

10 days, 6 – 15 June 2014
62.000 spectators daily
2500 artists and guests
70 countries represented
350 events
66 locations