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19th Sibiu International Theatre Festival held on largest scale in Eastern Europe (May 25 – June 3, 2012)
The Sibiu International Theatre Festival of Romania is one of the largest-scale theater festivals in Eastern Europe. The theme of this year’s 19th Sibiu festival is “Crisis,” reflecting the current economic crisis engulfing Europe. This year’s program features a line-up of about 300 performances by companies from 50 countries around the world to be performed some 60 indoor and outdoor venues around the city, including Romania’s “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu and other theaters, as well as museums, squares, streets, schools and churches and historical ruins. These events are expected to attract a daily audience of about 60,000 people.
Attention focuses on the latest production of the “Cities on Stage” project that Romania’s “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu started in 2007 with six European theaters, including the Brussels National Theater of Belgium and Paris’ Théâtre de l’Odéon, to do joint productions. The project is an effort to produce works of seven spirited playwrights who have written new works that treat the subject of the crisis in Europe in recent years from a variety of perspectives. The work performed at this year’s festival is Exils by Fabrice Murgia (Belgium).
Other invited works from abroad include the solo play Seuls by Lebanese playwright/director Wajdi Mouawad; who has served as associate artist for the 2009 Avignon Festival, Needcompany (Belgium) presenting a play titled The Deer House dealing with the killing of a journalist in the Kosovo War; a Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin production of PRINZ FRIEDRICH VON HOMBURG based on the original work by H.v. Kleists reset in contemporary Germany; and also from Germany comes Peter Stein’s FAUST FANTASIA. From Asia comes the Sadari Movement Laboratory (ROK) production WOYZECK and a production of King Lear adapted as Peking Opera by Taiwan’s Contemporary Legend Theatre.
From Romanian theaters, attention focuses on two productions by Silviu Purcǎrete, who will also be in Tokyo next spring with a production of Lulu. They are the representative work FAUST and the world premiere of a new joint production of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS by the Edinburgh Festival and the Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu. Also drawing attention are two works by the young director Gavriil Pinte, including A Streetcar Named Popescu to be performed on an actual streetcar running through the city, and The Cioran Temptation.
On the dance program are performances by Israel’s Vertigo Dance Company, France’s Compania Ballet Actuel and Australia’s Circa. From Japan, Yukio Suzuki returns to Sibiu for the second consecutive year. He presents a re-make the work etude (LED lighting by Takayuki Fujimoto / Music by Yoshio Ohtani), which premiered as an outdoor work at the Setagaya Museum of Art in Tokyo in 2009. This time it will be performed outdoors at the Piata Mica (The Small Square) in the old section of Sibiu.

Festival Outline
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 total. 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