10 june 2018

   Oltea Zambori

The first weekend of FITS 2018 is ending on a high note

After the first two days of the festival that brought an impressive number of people on the city streets and in the performance halls, at conferences or exhibitions, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival continues with event performances, book launches and important cultural discussions.

The book entitled "GIGI CᾸCIULEANU - OmulDans", written by theatre critic Ludmila Patlanjoglu and published by the Romanian Cultural Institute Publishing House, in collaboration with Nemira Publishing House, was launched on 10 June at 1 PM at Habitus Bookstore, Piața Mică 4, Sibiu. This album-book "GIGI CᾸCIULEANU - OmulDans" stirs emotions, with a splendid graphic design by Bogdan Căpîlnean, in three versions - Romanian, French and English.

"The testimonials, thoughts, confessions, poems and drawings in the book reveal a secret side of the artist. Gigi Căciuleanu dances on the blank page with the same grace he dances on stage, composing an idol made out of fragments of life, of the body, dream shreds and drops from the abyss." A journey through the life of a creator with an impressive bookpress. An artist who went through the trauma of "political files" during his childhood and who experienced the drama of exile "when he was alone, anonymous and holding a suitcase", but who also became famous and appreciated in his own country and worldwide.

Also on Sunday, 10 June, and Monday, 11 June, "Mother's Milk. A Love Song for Parents", a performance by Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, will be held at Centrul Cultural „Ion Besoiu” (Sindicate). Artistic Director Rami Be’er examines, through dance, the love of his parents, who survived the Holocaust, for the European cultural heritage that they passed on to him. There, in “the caverns of dance” he succeeds for a moment to awaken fragments of memories from the life and the culture he received from his father and mother. On a stage that is dimly lit, partially by a chandelier hanging in the center, he creates the sense of a dark space, from which heartbeats can be heard.

The performance of London Community Gospel Choir - an adaptable, flexible group that creates dynamic songs with rich harmonies - is also included in the Sunday festival programme. The LCGC choir is known for its funky gospel flair, swing-beat, RnB, traditional and soulful arrangements with invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics, creating a wall of soulful sound that is both memorable and inspirational. The choir has performed on many of the UK’s greatest stages such as Wembley Stadium (FA Cup Final), the Royal Albert Hall and are regulars at Glastonbury Festival. Thus, an exceptional gospel concert will take place at 6 PM at Biserica Reformată Calvină.

"Exit the King", one of the first sold-out performances of this year's edition of FITS will also take place today from 6 PM 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 not accepting the fact of dying" ‒ this is how playwright Eugène Ionesco explains 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 unrest, the permanent agony from his Journals find their dramatic outlet in one of the most profound "poems" about death and its acceptance.

The fado performance is also a recommendation for today: a meeting with Ana Pinhal born on February 15, 1980, in Leça da Palmeira, Porto, Portugal at 8 PM at Biserica Ursulinelor. From a young age music, as well as other arts, were present in her life. In 2002, she graduated in Graphic Design, although already working as a professional singer, firstly as a Bossa Nova singer and later as back vocals for BoiteZuleika, a band based in Porto. Along with the Fado Violado project, Ana Pinhal is a resident fado singer at Casa da Mariquinhas and at Real Taberna Fado, in Porto, and is part of the Fado in Porto group, at Calém port wine cellars, in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Molecole Show (Italy) will perform "Sky Dance" in Piața Mare at 9:45 PM, performance included in the circuit of outdoor events supported by Banca Transilvania. It is an en plein air show, inspired by the collective imagination of being able to fly away with a bunch of balloons.
A performance created with an elegant setting, which amazes the viewer through its wonderful simplicity, in contrast with the power of its effect.

URMA celebrates 15 years of existence in 2018 with a live concert at Sibiu International Theatre Festival, also in Piața Mare, starting at 10:30 PM. URMA started the recording of their first album "Nomad Rhymes" in the spring of 2003 in Cluj. Since their first concert held on the beach in Vama Veche at sunrise during the first edition of Stufstock Festival, URMA has steadily evolved into a successful band and has thus enriched the scene of Romanian alternative rock with the release of their 4 albums: "Nomad Rhymes" (2003), "Anger is a Gift" (2005), "Trend Off" (2007), "Lost End Found" (2013) and with their memorable live concerts in Romania, Hungary, France, Germany, Switzerland and UK.

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.

      © Cristian Cojocariu