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   10 june 2018

   Oltea Zambori

The first weekend of FITS 2018 ends with a blast

The first two days have brought an impressive number of people on the streets of the city and in theatres, at conferences or exhibitions, and the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu continues with event performances, book launches and valuable cultural discussions.

The volume “GIGI CᾸCIULEANU - OmulDans”, signed by the theatre critic Ludmila Patlanjoglu and published by the Romanian Cultural Institute Publishing House, in collaboration with Nemira Publishing House launched on June 10, at 13:00, at Habitus Bookstore, 4 Small Square, Sibiu. The album-book “GIGI CᾸCIULEANU - OmulDans” causes excitement, as it has been drawn under exceptional graphical conditions by Bogdan Căpîlnean, in three versions - Romanian, French, English.

“Testimonials, thoughts, confessions, poems, drawings disclose the secret of the artist. Gigi Căciuleanu is dancing on the white piece of paper as graciously as on stage, thus creating a carved image of life scenes, of body pieces, of rags of dream, of drops of abyss”.
A journey in the life of a creator with an impressive bookpress. An artist who has lived during childhood the trauma of “political files”, then experiencing the drama of exile “when he was alone, an anonymous with a suitcase in his hands”, but also national and international appreciation and recognition.

Sunday, June 10, and Monday, June 11, “Mother’s Milk”, A Love Song and a Lamentation for Parents from Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company will be presented at Centrul Cultural “Ion Besoiu” (Sindicate). The artistic director, Rami Be’er, is analyzing, through dance, the love of his parents, survivors of the Holocaust, for the European cultural heritage that they have passed on to him. There, in the “caverns of dance”, for an instant, he’s bringing to life fragments of memories of the life and culture that he received from his mother and father. On a poorly-lit stage, partially lit by a chandelier which hangs in the center, he’s creating the atmosphere of a dark space where you can hear some heartbeats. At 18:00, an exceptional Gosper concert will be presented at the Calvinist Reformed Church.

The offer of the festival also presents London Community Gospel Choir, an adaptable and flexible group, creating dynamic songs with rich harmonies. The choir LCGC is known for its funky gospel flair, the swing rhythms, RnB and an emotional sound, accompanied by refreshing choreographies and vocal gymnastics, which help build a memorable and inspirational sound. The choir performed on the most important stages in Great Britain: Wembley Stadium (Cup of England finals) and Royal Albert Hall, often also visiting the Glastonbury Festival.

“Exit the King”, one of the first sold out performances of this year at FITS, is staged today, at 18:00 at Fabrica de Cultură UniCredit. “I told myself that you can learn how to die, that you can teach others how to die. This seems to me the essential thing we can do, because we are mortals and not accepting the fact of dying” – motivates playwright Eugène Ionesco the genesis of the play “Exit the King”. The text is the warmest, most touching and honest confession of the man Eugène Ionesco about the great final encounter. The endless unrests, the permanent agony from his Journals find their dramatic outlet in one of the most profound “poems” about death and its acceptance.

Fado is another recommendation for the day. At 8PM, at Biserica Ursulinelor, an encounter with Ana Pinhal, born February 15, 1980 in Leça da Palmeira, Porto, Portugal. Music, as well as other branches of the art, have been with her from an early age. In 2002 she graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Design, although she had already been working as a professional singer; she started as a Bossa Nova singer and later on, as a second in the band BoiteZuleika from Porto. Aside from the project Fado Violado, Ana Pinhal is also a Fado resident at Casa da Mariquinhas and at Real Taberna Fado, in Porto, and she’s part of the band Fado in Porto, at the wine cellars porto Calém, of Vila Nova de Gaia.

As part of the series of outdoor events supported by Banca Transilvania in the Big Square, starting at 21:45, Molecole Show (Italy) presents Sky Dance. This is a new complete aerial show, inspired by the collective imagination, where you can fly with a dozen balloons. “Sky dance” displays an elegant setting that amazes the public with its wonderful simplicity, contrasting with the power of its effects.
Urma celebrates 15 of existence this year, by giving a concert at the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, still in the Big Square, at 10:30PM. They started recording the first URMA discographic material, called Nomad Rhymes during the spring of 2003, in Cluj. Since their first concert on the beach in Vama Veche, during the first edition of the festival Stufstock, URMA has enriched the scene of alternative rock with a constant evolution marked by success, releasing 4 remarkable albums to this day: “Nomad Rhymes” (2003), “Anger is a Gift” (2005), “Trend Off” (2007), “Lost End Found” (2013) and memorable live concerts in Romania, Hungary, France, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain.

Tickets for FITS 2018 can be purchased at the Theatre Agency (Nicolae Bălcescu Street, no. 17) 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 www.sibfest.ro. Tickets purchased online from the festival's website have the same price of those from the Theatre Agency. Prices for tickets purchased directly from the entertix.ro platform vary depending on the customers’ printing and shipping options.

      © Cristi Cojocariu

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