The Festival of Living Statues, a new section included in the program of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, will offer the public 40 performances of the five shows from the "Heritage" Project, created by Mihai Mălaimare and supported by JTI Romania. The creations will be presented on the Nicolae Bălcescu pedestrian walk in Sibiu, but also in the surroundings of Sibiu - in Săliște and Gura Râului.
The Festival of Living Statues includes the performances „Shakespeare Triptych” – Department of Arts and Media, University of Craiova, „The Kiss”– Department of Drama, „Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu; „Shakespeare’s Ball” – Faculty of Theatre, „George Enescu” University of Iași; „Tales from the Garter Inn” – Faculty of Music and Theatre, West University of Timișoara and „Wax Figures Museum” – Faculty of Arts, „Ovidius” University of Constanța.
"When we talk about heritage we think of a material and spiritual transfer to someone younger who could use what they receive on their pathway through life. The HERITAGE project, however, is something else. I discovered a path, walked it alone, and found that it is very possible that there is still a long way to go. I want to share what I know with others, urging them to go down this road in turn and, without wasting time with the difficulties I had to overcome, be able to reach much further than I did. I offer what I know, in the hope that their youth and enthusiasm will help me not to stop. In this job we walk shoulder to shoulder and only the weight of the legacy must be carried, from a certain moment, by the youngest and strongest! I hope with all my heart that the FESTIVAL OF LIVING STATUES proposed by Constantin Chiriac and FITS will have a future and that the HERITAGE Project will leave a lasting imprint", declared Mihai Mălaimare.
The five productions premiered in Sibiu are the result of the collaboration between Mihai Mălaimare, students from the universities of Craiova, Sibiu, Iași, Timișoara and Constanța, make-up specialists and scenographers and students from UNArte Bucharest. The group moments during the workshops held with the students became real performances, all the themes being inspired by Shakespeare's work.
The Sibiu International Theatre Festival takes place between June 24 and July 3, 2022, and the theme of this year's edition is BEAUTY. For ten days, the city and its surroundings will host more than 3,500 participants from 75 countries, and the public is expected at almost 800 events held in 80 performance venues.