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   14 april 2015

   Adrian Tibu

The tickets for the most complex performing arts festival in Romania are on sale now!

The “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu announces the sale of the first set of tickets for the XXII edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, which will be held this year during 12 - 21 of June.

For the events of this year’s programme the organisers put up for sale a first set of 7.500 tickets available for 41 performances of theatre, dance and music, and until the beginning of May the complete programme of performances for the 2015 edition of the Sibiu Festival will be announced.

The programme of the XXII edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival carries on the tradition of providing a cultural offer of highest level and proposes a worldwide journey through the medium of some of the most dynamic theatre companies. Awarded with the title of “Theatre of the year” in 2005 and 2008 (see Theater Heute Magazin), Deutsches Theater Berlin represents one of the most valuable theatrical movements in Europe and is presenting this year at Sibiu “Mother Tongue Mameloschn”, directed by Brit Bartkowiak. Polski Teatr houses some of the most prolific European artists, staging performances of distinguished personalities like Jerzy Jarocki and Krystian Lupa. This year the Polish company is bringing the performance “Courtney Love” to Romania. Kote Marjanishvili National Theatre of Georgia will be represented by director Levan Tsuladze, with the production of “Mad Man’s Story”, a point of reference in the reinvention of modern theatre. One of the most important German-speaking theatres in the world, the Vienna National Theatre, will attend the festival in Romania with “Moscow - Petushki”, a postmodern masterpiece directed by Felicitas Braun. Furthermore, Klaus Maria Brandauer, laureate of the award for Best Actor at Cannes Festival (“Mephisto” - 1981), nominated at the OSCAR Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (“Out of Africa” - 1986), will be present in Sibiu with the performance “Krapp’s last Tape”, directed by Peter Stein, a performance that pays tribute to Samuel Beckett. Eimuntas Nekrosius, one of the best rated directors at the moment, returns to Sibiu with the performance “Book of Job” of the Meno Fortas Theatre. Daniel Veronese, one of the most significant theatre personalities in South America, will be presenting “The Lambs” in European premiere, a staging that becomes challenging through the actors’ resilience in an environment characterised by austerity and minimalism. The National Theatre in Sibiu consolidates, at the same time, its leader position through the presence of productions directed by Radu Afrim, Mihai Măniuțiu, Silviu Purcărete, Charles Muller and Kazuyoshi Kushida.

This year’s edition of the festival carries on the fascinating series of exceptional contemporary dance performances. For his first time in Romania, choreographer Barak Marshall presents “Wonderland”, a unique production that exploits the vibrant essence of the dancers of Inbal Dance Theatre Company (Israel), providing a new outlook on humanity through the technique of disintegrated movement. One of the most provoking dancers in China, Jin Xing (whose name literally translates as “the golden star”), and her company Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai, will be presenting the performance “Different Loneliness”, performance defined by a graceful, subtle choreography, with an exhilarating visual impact. This production will also bring on stage, along with the 15 dancers of the company, a group of 9 musicians from Central Mongolia. Sengiku Bando, one of the most renowned traditional dancers in Japan, presents, in worldwide premiere, a new version of “The Another Chushingura”, a work that has its roots in the classical Kabuki theatre and that is reinvented through a modern aesthetics of body language. Gigi Căciuleanu returns to Sibiu with a new performance of choreographic theatre. “Imagine all the people” (Opera Națională Română Iași) puts forward a series of short stories, confessions about remarkable people, through which the author unfolds poetic images into all aspects of dialogue. As a premiere in the programme of the festival, the Austrian dancer and choreographer of Turkish origin, Ziya Azazi, brings to Sibiu one of the most elegant dances of the universal patrimony: “Dervish”. During the process of shaping his individuality and dance skills, Ziya Azazi was influenced by Sufism, an existential philosophy centred on mysticism, as his creations bear the hallmark of breathtaking representations that are memorable. “Flamenco 5 stars” is certainly one of the most expected performances coming to Sibiu this year. Five of the most renowned Spanish dancers (Jesus Carmona, Lola Greco, Karime Amaya, Jose Maldonado, Ana Arroyo) will be together on stage for the first time, in Sibiu, taking us on a journey through the art of the classical Spanish dance, starting from its roots to the present. This edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival will also mark the celebration of SoNoRo Festival’s 10th year of existence, acknowledged through a concert with works from Piotr Ilici Ceaikovski, Claude Debussy/ Jasha Heifetz, Edward Elgar, Georges Boulanger and Johannes Brahms.

For further details concerning the first performances put on sale in Sibiu you can access www.sibfest.ro.

The XXII edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival will bring together, for 10 days, participants from 70 countries, who will be presenting 380 performances in 66 venues, anticipating an audience of 62.000 people daily. The Sibiu International Theatre Festival represents the most complex annual festival in Romania, being acknowledged internationally as the third most important performing arts festival in Europe, as extent and proportions, after the International Festival in Edinburgh (Great Britain) and the Avignon Festival (France).

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Audience access to events scheduled during the Sibiu International Theatre Festival will be made based on tickets issued by the Theatre Agency in Sibiu, Nicolae Bălcescu Blvd. no. 17 (open from Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 18:00, and on Saturday between 11:00 and 15:00). Tickets can also be purchased from the national network of Domo, Germanos, Orange and Vodafone stores, from Humanitas and Cărtureşti bookstores and also online at www.eventim.ro. There is no fee in the case of outdoor performances, as well as for special events (special conferences, reading performances and movies). Access to indoor performances will be allowed upon presenting a valid ticket per person at each show. The aforementioned ticket must be kept throughout the entire performance. Tickets cannot be booked for performances presented during the Festival, a seat in the performance hall is guaranteed only by buying the ticket. The Sibiu International Theatre Festival accepts payment by cash and credit card (Visa Maestro and Mastercard), as well as by payment order (organised groups). Entrance in the performance hall after the starting time of the event, as mentioned on the ticket, is not allowed. Failure to show up in time at the events renders the ticket invalid without the right of reimbursement or use in another performance. “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu offers ticket discounts to pupils, students and pensioners, only on the basis of a supporting document that must be presented at the entrance to the performance hall. If the spectators cannot prove their being a pupil, student or retiree, the organisers may refuse access to the hall, without a ticket refund, or until the difference in value has been paid. It is forbidden to use mobile phones, cameras, and video or audio recording devices during indoor events. In case of force majeure or if an actor is sick, the organisers reserve the right to change the performances programme, and tickets already sold can be reimbursed or renewed for another representation. The payment for the resulting additional costs (transportation, hotel, courier, bank charges etc.) will not be covered by the organiser.

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival programme of performances may be subject to changes, and the updated version of the programme will shortly be available on www.sibfest.ro. For any further information or uncertainties, please contact us at the e-mail address ticketing@sibfest.ro.

      © Dmitri Matvejev

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