The Sibiu International Theater Festival of Romania has grown to become one of the largest-scale theater festivals in Europe following Edinburgh and Avignon. The theme of this year’s 20th Sibiu festival is “Dialogue” reflecting the current economic crisis engulfing Europe. With a program featuring a line-up of about 300 programmed performance by some 2,500 invited artists from over 50 countries around the world, the festival program presents a wide range of foreign arts and culture with a focus on the importance of dialogue. The ten-day schedule covers diverse genre in theater, dance, music and fine arts, etc., performed at some 60 venues around the city, including theaters, museums, churches, historical ruins, pubs and on the streets, expected to attract a total audience of about 60,000 people.
The theater program for the 2013 festival features productions from Romania and other Eastern European countries including Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, etc., as well as the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Germany. Lithuanian director Eimuntas Nekrošius and the Meno Fortas company present The Divine Comedy
; from Romania director Silviu Purcărete presents a production of Faust
and director Gavriil Pinte presents A Streetcar Named Pepescu
performed on street cars running through the city. From Japan, the Yamanote Jijosha company performs the play Dojoji
, Hideki Noda directs and performs in his play The Bee
, the Tokyo Engeki Ensemble performs Lost in a Flurry of Cherry Blossoms
and the Hitomi-za Otome Bunraku company performs Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura
. Also, the Yamanote Jijosha director Yasuda Masahiro directs his translation of the Kabuki play Onna Goroshi Abura no Jigoku
(Assassination of a woman oil inferno) using Romanian actors.
On the dance program Germany’s Sasha Waltz presents the work Continu
with a musical core inspired by the contemporary symphonic work »Arcana« by Edgard Varèse using percussion and electronically synthesized sound, and South Korea’s NAM Jeong-Ho presents a solo piece Self Portrait
and a collaboration with Japanese contrabass artist Tetsu Saito. Other dance works are presented by artists from countries including Spain, Israel, Denmark/Israel, the Czech Rep., Italy/Germany.
Throughout the festival’s run there are street performance and circus events performed in the city’s squares and streets, and there are related programs including a BOOKfest and an open performing arts market.
Held in the city of Sibiu in central Romania, this is one of Eastern Europe’s largest theater festivals. Launched initially as a student theater festival in 1993, from the second holding the organizers began expanding the program annually to make Sibiu’s a full-fledged international theater festival, making use of a variety of venues around the city. In recent years, the festival has hosted around 350 companies from 70 countries. In 2007 Sibiu was designated a European Capital of Culture, and with support from the EU-Japan Fest, many Japanese artists have been invited to the festival. The festival’s director is Constantin Chiriac