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   11 JUNE 2015

   DANIELA PLOPEANU

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival 2015, just one day before the magic starts : 15.000 tickets sold and 40 shows sold-out

The 22nd edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (the 12th-21st of June 2015) aims to continue the tradition of a top cultural ofer. For 10 days the city of Sibiu becomes a huge stage with artists from all over the world, presenting theatre, dance, music and circus shows, but also with exhibitions, conferences, book launches or film screening.

The figures of this year’s edition are unprecedented: 427 indoor and outdoor events, 21 000 tickets on sale, 2500 artists from 70 countries, 67 locations and an audience estimated at 65 0000 spectators per day. One day before the festival starts, the organizers announce a number of 40 shows sold-out and 15 000 tickets sold.

“Over its history of 22 years of existence, the festival placed the quality on top, making it a duty of honour. Concept and strategy at the same time, Excellence developed the most valuable asset a festival and a community can create: the AUDIENCE. A wise growth and evolution, at one with life – Growing Smart, also ensured over time its theoretical dissemination, its foundation for research, partnerships and overall perspective – Smart Growing. Life, with its profundity and contrasts, brought the festival in agreement with everything that means value, tradition and innovation, experiment and perennity.

I would like to thank everyone who supported us and made this festival possible. In the name of the whole team of the Festival, we wish all participants and spectators to enjoy ten days of grace.”

Constantin Chiriac, President of the Festival

The first days of the Festival bring together one of the most important international theatre, dance and circus companies, with shows for every taste.

„Les 7 doigts de la main”, Canada, the second famous circus company in the world, after Cirque du Soleil, will perform in the festival the show „Cuisine & Confession”. Two performances are scheduled on Friday, 12th of June, from 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., at BRD scene no. 9. It’s a show that combines acrobatic choreography, music and rhythm with the ingredients of a recipe delivered from generation to generation, over the years, which brings up memories and confessions. The touch of the batter with the hands, the smell of the cakes from the oven and the taste of oregano cooked joins the movement and the sound, taking us through a labyrinth of eras and different countries.

Joël Pommerat, the famous director who will be awarded a start on the Festival’s Walk of Fame brings at Sibiu the show „Cinderella”, a coproduction Théâtre National de la Communauté Française de Belgique/ La Monnaie/De Munt, with two performances scheduled on Friday, 12th of June at 9 p.m. and Saturday, 13th of June, at 8 p.m., hosted by the Octavian Goga National College. Counting on the Belgium actors, on a concious writing and a cinematographic set (using the aesthetics of darkness, already a personal mark of the director, after the previous shows: „Le Petit Chaperon Rouge” and „Pinocchio” ), Joël Pommerat manages to provide some realism to the story, without losing its charm. Staging a huge success on the last season, „Cinderella” is a perfect show for both adults and children, at the same time, engaging anyone who refuses to decide between the dull reality of the adults and a childish spirit.

In the first two days of the festival, it will be performed the show „Carmen”, produced by the Stabile Theatre of Torino, which was recently played at the opening of the Universal Exhibition in Milan. The director of this play is Mario Martone, one of the most important contemporary Italian directors, along with Pippo Delbono and Antonio Latella. In order to build this amazing show, in which actors and musicians come together, Mario Martone collaborated with the musical director Mario Tronco and with Enzo Moscato, one of the most enthusiastic voices in the Italian contemporary theatre, who wrote the script starting from the work of Prosper Merimée. Besides the actors of the Stabile Theatre of Torino, the public will have the opportunity to listen to the amazing musicians of the Orchestra Piazza Vittorio, which is very famous around the world and is gathering incredible artists. The show „Carmen” is scheduled on Friday, 12th of June, at 10 p.m. and Saturday, 13th of June, at 8 p.m., at Thalia Hall.

The most famous French theatre, Théâtre de la Ville will perform in Sibiu the premiere for the show „Six characters in search of an author”, directed by the acclaimed Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota. This show is a representative performance for Théâtre de la Ville, just like „Faust” is for Radu Stanca National Theatre and at the same time it is the most valuable work of Demarcy-Mota. The first time he directed this play of Pirandello, he was 20 years old and a few years later, for a second mise en scène, he invited some of the actors from the initial performance. Now Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota is placing on stage a 3rd version of this play, with the same actors. Those who were 25, now are 40 and those who were 58, now are over 70. It represents the way in which the director perceives the life and the theatre, aiming to reconnect with the energy from the past, to create the show in the present. „Six characters in search of an author” is scheduled on Friday, 12th of June, at 7 p.m and Saturday, 13th of June, at 5 p.m., at Casa de Cultură a Sindicatelor – Sala Mare.

The full program of the festival is on www.sibfest.ro and it can be downloaded in PDF version.

The entrance at the events scheduled in the festival is based on tickets purchased at the Theatre Agency in Sibiu, 17 Nicolae Balcescu BLVD, online at www.eventim.ro and in the national chain of Domo, Germanos, Orange, Vodafone as well as at Humanitas and Carturesti Bookstores. The entrance is free for the outdoor performances and for the special events (special conferences, readings, film projections)

The schedule of the Theatre Agency during the festival (the 12th-21st of June) is from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

      ©  Alexandre Galliez

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