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   27 martie 2019

   Cristina Ghinea

On World Theatre Day, FITS announces this year’s programme and puts up for sale this edition’s first tickets.

Today, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) launches the programme of this year’s edition and puts up for sale the first set of tickets, as the next two are to be launched on 18 April and 14 May.

The 26th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival will take place in 14-23 June 2019, under the theme THE ART OF GIVING. Over the 10 Festival days, this huge celebration of performing arts will showcase 540 events in 75 venues, with 3,300 participating artists from 73 countries.
The FITS 2019 programme can be found on www.sibfest.ro, and the first set of tickets will be available starting with 6 p.m.

‘It is a great joy and a special privilege for us to present today, on World Theatre Day, this year’s programme of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, which takes place under the distinctive and committed sign of what we called THE ART OF GIVING.
This is our way of bowing to a wonderful, generous audience who has walked alongside us for 26 years in this amazing journey through the world of performing arts, with trust, love and passion, which we receive and give in return.
I hope that, together with my team and our Festival partners, we will be able to create moments of artistic pleasure for audiences of all ages. We are waiting for you with the best Festival programme!’ - Constantin Chiriac, President of FITS


Some of the performances put up for sale today are:

Venezuela – Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), a new superlative contemporary dance performance, in which choreographer Ohad Naharin and his dancers explore the dialogue and conflict between movement and the content it represents. “Venezuela” is a multi-faceted work which deals with the endless possibilities of a choreographer’s craft and compels the audience to challenge their own freedom of choice.

Session – Colin Dunne & Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Ireland, Belgium) is a collaboration between two incredibly diverse performers who discover their relational possibilities through an exploration of sound. The lines between movement and music, seeing and listening become a source of play, creating new modes of sound-making from the graceful to the absurd.

Li Yaxian – Chongqing Chuanju Theatre (China) is a reinterpretation of the drama “The Lady of the Camellias” and of a woman’s sacrifice for the man she loves.

La Galerie – Machine de Cirque (Canada) - Under the leadership of stage director Olivier Lépine, seven world-class circus artists and a multi-instrumentalist take you to the outer edges of art: where all boundaries are blurred.

One, One & One - Vertigo Dance Company (Israel), an outstanding contemporary dance approach promoting artistic creation with a strong sense of social, environmental, and community awareness that reflects an ongoing commitment to further exploring human nature and our link to the environment.

Tonight, tickets for some of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre performances to be played in FITS 2019 will also be put up for sale: “The Broken Jug” (directed by Dominic Friedel), “Here and There” (directed by Alexander Riemenschneider), “Jerusalem” (directed by Bogdan Sărătean), “A Streetcar Named Popescu” (directed by Gavriil Pinte) and two productions which will premiere shortly - “Ivona, Princess of Burgundia” (directed by Botond Nagy) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (directed by Andrei and Andreea Grosu).


Other highlights of FITS 2019:

Lev Dodin’s Hamlet - Maly Drama Theatre -Theatre of Europe, St. Petersburg (Russia) – a classic piece, a source of endless questions: Do the ones who do evil know that they are doing evil? Are they sane or mad? Can a madman be aware of his madness? What drives our actions – a wish to do something or the tragic impossibility to do anything else?
The mystery of Hamlet’s humanism needs if not to be solved, at least to be made sense of.

Joy - Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione & Pippo Delbono Company (Italia) - Every theatre work can become a journey, moving through different situations, moods and intuitions, catching you by surprise. To stage a piece on joy is a search for that singular circumstance, it’s crossing rivers of extreme sentiment (angst, happiness, pain, enthusiasm) to try and capture [witness] at last, in the instant, the explosion of joy.

K. Tempest – Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre (Japan) – based on “The Tempest” by Shakespeare, known as a Romance play in the latter period of his creation. Kazuyoshi Kushida, the creator of this performance, said that “The Tempest” looked like a fairy tale, but at the same time he described ungrasped wonder in this world and universe, which can only be presented through theatre methods. The play touches upon many themes, such as magic, betrayal, revenge and family, with music evoking the spirit of enchantment on the island.

State of Siege – Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (France) is an adaptation based on Camus’ “Plague” which brings together all the themes his writings have embraced: revolt and resistance, freedom and manipulation, courage or resignation, humanity against passivity, as well as the ideal of a world made of men and women sharing the values of a committed humanism. The play questions us, today and universally, about the future of our societies: which city to build for the future, which human community, how to link our diversities, reconnect with nature, respect its elements and also draw from it the strength to be human?

Peer Gynt – Dramaten, The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden (Sweden) - is a unique and wild mixture of satire, surrealism and saga. In this version signed by Michael Thalheimer, we see a new perspective of Peer Gynt’s exceptional life.
Michael Thalheimer is one of Europe’s most renowned directors, famous for his concentrated and intensive productions of classics, narrated with powerful images and feelings.

R.O.O.M./Mirror in the Mirror – Noism1, RYUTOPIA Residential Dance Company (Japan), a dance show in which one man and woman live in different dimensions, sharing anxiety, longings, and loneliness.
This approach of providing the space before the body, meaning the space requires how the body should be, not the body requires how the space should be is one of the great inventions of Zeami Motokiyo (founder of Noh Theatre).


Tickets put up for sale today can be bought at the Theatre Agency (17 Nicolae Bălcescu St.), from Tuesday to Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and on Sundays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For online tickets and further information about performances of FITS 2019, access www.sibfest.ro Online tickets on the Festival website are sold at the same price as in the Theatre Agency.