27 March 2018

   Cristina Ghinea

On the World Theatre Day tickets for FITS 2018 are being put on sale

Starting today, the 27th of March, FITS announces the beginning of ticket sales for 40 indoor performances that will take place during this years’ edition, from the 8th until the 17th of June. The first set of tickets and the first indoor performances are announced today, World Theatre Day, as the first editions of the festival took place during this time of the year.

“We are celebrating 25 years since the Sibiu International Theatre Festival has decided to put this city on the worlds’ map. FITS was created around the World Theatre Day, from 1993 until 1995, being organized in accordance to this day. We pay reverence to all those who, during times, have been persecuted because they wanted to bring a smile, joy, but also the wish to be free. However, we strongly believe that our fight shows the force of creation in a community. FITS and TNRS, as well as the Theatre and Cultural Management School, together with the Performing Arts Market demonstrate the sturdiness of what we initiated during 1992-1993, on a 27th of March. We hope that all those who support what we do always remember that, every time, we, the artist, bring into our hands life, soul, and the wish to give. We hope to manage and that the Almighty will allow us to bring smiles to all those who, for us, represent the reason for existing – the audience”, declared Constantin Chriac, FITS president.

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival celebrates 25 years of existence. The event takes place under the High Patronage of the President of Romania – Centenary. A quarter of a century of FITS also means the development of a stand-alone festival, the Drama and Arts Management Universities Convention, that this year, again reunites the best theater schools in the world that bring to the city on the Cibin river remarkable student performances.

Among the production included on the list of highlights for this year, we find the performances “One Green Bottle” (Hideki Noda), “Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero” (Vuyani Dance Theatre), “Three sisters” (Novosibirsk State Academic Drama Theatre „Red Torch), “Limbo” (Strut & Fret Production House) and „Atsumori” (Yamamoto Noh Theatre).

The performance “One Green Bottle”, that is based on the play written by the famous dramaturge, actor and director, Hideki Noda, had in its cast, at the premiere that took place in Japan, the legendary Kabuky actor, Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII, awarded a star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame. The performance is constructed in both Noh and Kabuki manners, and explores the dimensions of absurd and modernism, through vibrant colours and an aesthetic that is reminiscent of Japanese comedies. In his creations, Hideki Noda commonly combines modern and traditional Japanese elements.

Vuyani Dance Theatre is a combination of contemporary African dance, established in 1999 by the executive artistic director, Gregory Maqoma. The company embraces, in a dynamic and theatrical way, the motivations and cultures that give shape to the uniqueness of South-African society. Regarded as one of the best and most provocative dance companies, Vuyani Dance Theatre has performed exceptional shows in Europe, America, Mexico and New Zeeland, and in June it will bring to Sibiu the performance “Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero”.

Novosibirsk State Academic Drama Theatre „Red Torch” presents “Three sisters”, directed by Timofey Kulyabin, one of the youngest and most prominent directors in Russia. The story of the three sisters that want to go to Moscow to fulfil their dreams is transposed into sign language, with Romanian and English translations. In 2016, the performance was awarded the “Production of the Year” award by the Theatre Critics Association.

Limbo”, a captivating combination of cabaret, circus and acrobatics numbers, seduces the international public in seasons performed with a full house all over the world, from London to Munich, from Auckland to Adelaide, from Bogota to Brussels. Madonna is one of the stars impressed by this production, having seen it twice. Directed by Scott Maidment, the performance transports the public in an atypical underground performance, with impressive contortions, breath-takins acrobatic and incredible stunts. The music, composed exclusively by Sxip Shirey from New York is a dominant force in this performance.

The theatre play “Atsumori” (Yamamoto Noh Theatre), written by the creator of Noh theatre, Zeami, is an authentic representation of the values and world vision of the samurai society, through which the Noh theatre constituted as a dramatic genre. The story take place at the end of the XII century, after the end of the bloody war between the Genji and Heike clans.

Performances put on sale today can be purchased at the Theatre Agency (Nicolae Bălcescu no 17), from Tuesday to Saturday, between 11 am and 6 pm and Sunday, between 10 am and 2 pm. Online tickets and more information about the scheduled performances can be found at Tickets purchased online from the festivals’ website have the same price of those at from the Theatre Agency.

On the Walk of Fame, inaugurated in 2013, on the festivals 20th anniversary, at the 2018 edition, seven more starts will be awarded to important personalities in the artistic field: Hideki Noda (actor, director and dramaturge), Isabelle Huppert (film and theatre actress) Mikhail Baryshnikov (dancer, choreographer and actor), Peter Sellars (director), Valery Fokin (director), Wajdi Mouawad (writer, actor and director) and Ioan Holender (man of culture, baritone). The awarding ceremony will take place on the Walk of Fame, positioned between the defence walls in the Citadel Park, on the 16th of June 2018, from 6 pm, and the Celebrity Gala will take place on the same day, at the Thalia Hall, from 7 pm.

      © John Stapels