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Romania’s Sibiu International Theater Festival 2009 schedule announced (May 28 – June 7, 2009)
 “Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu” (Sibiu International Theater Festival) of Romania is Eastern Europe’s largest theater festival. Now its 16th holding, the 2009 festival will run for 11 days from May 28 to June 7 with an full schedule of theater, dance, street performance, installations, concerts and workshops at a total of 62 venues including the Radu Stanca national theater and six other theaters and performance spaces in Sibiu province. There are some 60 theater performances on the program, over half of which are from Eastern Europe.

On the opening program is a joint production of Shakespeare’s Richard III by the representative theaters of Romania and Hungary, Teatrul Maghair De Stat Din Cluj and the Gyula Castle Theatre. From Japan is a production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus by Yamanote Jijosha and a second invited production by the Tokyo Acting Troupe KAZE, following last year’s performance with one of Brecht’s Der Bettler oder Der tote Hund this time. Two joint production projects on the program this year are a production of ZAHAK using actors from Japan, the US, Iran and Romania (directed by Izumi Ashizawa) and a production bringing together comedians from three countries called the 3G (3 GREATS) PROJECT and featuring Japan’s Kyogen artist Shigeyama Sennojo, Alessandro Marchetti of Italy’s Commedia Dell’Arte and the Swiss clown Dimitri.

The theme of the 2009 festival is “Innovation.” “Because the word innovation also includes the word ‘ovation,’ it is symbolic of the 2009 festival’s aims to build the festival through innovation” according to artistic director Constantin Chiriac.

[About the Festival]
Launched in 1994, Romania’s Sibiu International Theatre Festival is in its 16th holding this year in 2009. Growing each year, Sibiu has become the biggest theater festival on Eastern Europe. In recent years it draws about 350 companies and groups some 70 countries. In 2007, Sibiu was designation as a cultural capital of Europe, and with the support of the EU-Japan Fest, many Japanese artists have come to perform in the theater festival here. In 2008, Kanzaburo Nakamura’s Heisei Nakamura-za was invited to Sibiu and its Kabuki performances were one of the highlights of the festival.
+Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu (Sibiu International Theater Festival)
Dates: May 29 – June 8, 2009
Venues: Radu Stanca National Theater, others