17 june 2018

   Oltea Zambori

The Gala and the Walk of Fame at FITS 2018 – a joyous occasion to celebrate culture

On the penultimate day of the 25th anniversary edition of FITS six new stars will be placed on the Walk of Fame in Parcul Cetății of Sibiu. As FITS president Constantin Chiriac declares, culture is the only weapon to have conquered the citadel of Sibiu, reflected in the stars of cultural figures which are added year after year on the Walk of Fame. Thus, Isabelle Huppert, Peter Sellars, Hideki Noda, Ioan Holender, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Wajdi Mouwad are the six personalities that will complete the cultural collection of stars on Saturday, 16 June, from 6 PM. The ceremony will be followed by the Gala at Filarmonica de Stat (Sala Thalia) starting at 7 PM.

Peter Sellars has gained international renown for his ground-breaking and transformative interpretations of artistic masterpieces and for collaborative projects with an extraordinary range of creative artists. Recent projects include an acclaimed production of "La Clemenza di Tito" at the 2017 Salzburg Festival, a concert staging of "The Cunning Little Vixen" with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and the premiere of the latest John Adams/Peter Sellars collaboration, "Girls of the Golden West", at San Francisco Opera.

Hideki Noda. Playwright, director, actor. Born in Nagasaki in 1955, Noda was appointed Artistic Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in July 2009 and is currently professor at Tama Art University. Noda launched his first theatre company, Yume no Yuminsha (Dreaming Bohemian) while still a student at the University of Tokyo, creating many acclaimed works.

Ioan Holender was born in Timișoara. He was a student of the Politehnica University of Timișoara and was expelled in his 3rd year of study for participating at the 1956 Timișoara student protests. In 1959, Holender moved to Austria, studying singing at the Vienna Conservatory and graduating in 1962. In 1962-1966, he worked as a first baritone at the Klagenfurt Opera. In 1966, he became an artist and music manager, subsequently setting up the "Holender Agency", which earned its fame in the artistic world and contributed to many Romanian artists’ international music careers. In 1988, he was appointed Secretary General of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Volksoper, and in 1 April 1992, the Manager of both institutions.

Isabelle Huppert, French actress, has appeared in more than 100 films and numerous productions. She earned lots of Best Actress Awards: at the Cannes Film Festival for "Violette Nozière" and "The Piano Teacher", at the Moscow International Film Festival for "Madame Bovary", at the Venice Film Festival for "Une affaire de femmes" and "La Cérémonie" for which she also had the César Award.

Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, dazzling audiences with his astounding physical and technical skills, and with his emotional expressiveness. Rising to stardom in classical ballet, Baryshnikov has pursued his passion for dance for over 50 years in a range of dance disciplines. He continues to achieve the highest level of artistic excellence in a range of disciplines–– theatre, television, film and photography. He is currently touring "Brodsky/Baryshnikov", a theatrical solo work directed by Alvis Hermanis, which was also performed at FITS 2017.

Wajdi Mouawad spent his childhood in Lebanon, his youth in Canada and today he lives in France. A graduate of the National School of Drama in 1991, he pursued adaptations and stagings of contemporary plays, classics, and his own texts. He has served as artistic director of the Quat'Sous Theatre in Montreal from 2000 to 2004 then of the French Theatre in the National Arts Centre in Ottawa until 2012. With his companies, Abe Carre Ce Carre in Québec and Au Carré de l'Hypotenuse in France, Wajdi Mouawad was associate artist of the Avignon Festival in 2009, for which he created "Le Sang des Promesses", composed of "Littoral", "Incendies Forêts" and "Ciels".

Flamenco performances will hold a special place in the festival programme for 16 and 17 June. On 16 June, at Centrul Cultural "Ion Besoiu" (Sindicate), "Flamenco Roots" will be performed twice, at 5 PM and 8 PM. The show explores the origins of Flamenco starting in the 18th century when a taste for French and Classic Ballet was brought over by the Bourbon dynasty and began influencing the existing styles. The first suite in Flamenco Roots, "Lineage" looks to the "Escuela Bolera" style that arose from this fusion with French culture. Against the backdrop of 18th century society, "Lineage" aims to show the ways in which personal relationships depended on family ancestry and were guided by strong social conventions.

"Flamenco Journey", a showcase of Flamenco history articulated in the current "Farruca" flamenco form, will also be performed twice on 17 June (5 PM and 7:30 PM) at Centrul Cultural "Ion Besoiu" (Sindicate). The audience is transported by way of cinematographic flashback to 17th century Andalusia. Flamenco was born then and there from a hodgepodge of Moorish, Christian and Gypsy cultures and traditions. The dance company weaves through the centuries, stopping to dance the 18th century fandango, to witness the use of the first "batas de colas" in the 19th century "cafés cantantes", and to relive the momentous flamenco opera period of the ‘40s.

Sibiu International Theatre Festival is organized by "Radu Stanca" National Theatre of Sibiu, in co-production with TVR and SRR. Media Partners: TV5 Monde, Euronews, RFI, Deutsche Welle, Agerpes, Capital Cultural, Zile și nopți, Turnul sfatului, Sibiu 100%, Tribuna, Știri de Sibiu and Ora de Sibiu.

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.

      © Sebastian Marcovici