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This year’s lineup for Sibiu International Theater Festival (May 28 – June 6, 2010)
 This year’s festival has offered a lineup of theater works relating in some way to the theme of Întrebări (Questions). Among the special performances is an Odin Teatret (Denmark) production directed by Eugenio Barba (Italy) of Inside the Skeleton of the Whale, a play based on Kafka’s parable Before the Law about a man seeking to pass through the Door of the Law and the questions he is asked by the keeper of the door. There was also a collaborative production by Schauspielhaus Zürich (Switzerland), Teatro Garibaldi di Palermo (Italy) and Bart Production s.à.r.l. of Why, Why directed by Peter Brook. The lineup also features Deutsches Theater Berlin (Germany) presenting a work based on Gogol’s The Diary of a Madman, a story about the delusions of a lowly civil servant who has fallen in love with the daughter of a high official; the Transversal Theater Company (U.S./Netherlands) presenting The Green Knight, a work that questions the role of the soldier by challenging the chivalric codes of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table; and a puppet theater production of Faust by Basement Theatre (Georgia, directed by Levan Tsuladze).
 A “Heritage Performance” program has been added to the festival this time featuring a selection of successful productions from Romania’s “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu. From Japan, Seinendan performed Tokyo Notes, the Yamanote Jijohsha Company performed Oedipus Rex, BIRD Theatre Company TOTTORI performed The Visit, MODE presented a production of The Metamorphosis and M. Mishiro Dance Company performed Japanese Businessman and Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan.

[Festival Outline]
Held in the regional capital of Sibiu in central Romania, this is one of Eastern Europe’s largest theater festival. Launched initially as a student theater festival in 1993, it began to develop toward a full-fledged international festival from its second holding and has expanded in scale year by year. Presently, it makes use of a variety of venues around the city. In its 17th holding this year (2010) the Sibiu International Theater Festival now ranks as one of the largest-scale theater festivals in Eastern Europe, hosting around 350 companies from 70 countries each year. 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. One event that attracted a lot of attention was the invited performance of the Heisei Nakamura-za Kabuki production led by famed Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura in 2008. The festival’s director is Constantin Chiriac.
+Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu
Dates: May 28 – June 6, 2010
Venues: Place des Arts, others