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March 4, 2021
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Sibiu International Theatre Festival under the sign of “Innovations”

The world famous Lithuanian director Eimuntas Nekrosius attended the sixteenth edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) last Friday, with his fabulous “Cherry Orchard,” adapted after Anton Chekhov, a production of the International Stanislavsky Foundation (Russia) in partnership with the Theatre “Meno Fortas’ in Lithuania, Agerpres reported. Produced in Moscow, the performance “Cherry Orchard” was conceived as one of the most remarkable projects of the Russian theatre, a lucid depiction of the difficult and surprising reality of the Russian intellectuals who are unable to initiate a positive change in their lives. Theatre lovers were offered almost five hours of authentic theatre. Throughout this time, the masterful Russian actors reproduced an atmosphere filled with tenderness, love, disappointment and joy, outlining the destiny of people and of Russia itself. The theatre lovers of Sibiu were also offered the opportunity to watch Silviu Purcarete’s performance “Metamorphoses,” scheduled on the opening day of the festival, yet postponed for Sunday due to powerful rain because it was created especially for open-air performing, in a location especially arranged in the parking lot of the theatre in Sibiu. On the same day, the latest winner of the UNITER Award for the Best Directing, in 2008, Tompa Gabor, brought to Sibiu an impressive show, produced by the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj – Napoca, Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” The festival was also attended by the famous caricaturist Stefan Popa Popa’s who exhibited a series of caricatures entitled “Antroposatire.” “I come to this festival in order to realize a connection among arts,” the artist said after presenting caricatures of Presidents of the entire world, including Russia’s former President and actual Premier Vladimir Putin, or the former president of USA, Bill Clinton.
The theme of this year’s edition of the Sibiu Theatre Festival is “Innovations,” following the initiative of the European Commission that declared 2009 as the “Year of Creativity and Innovation.” The festival will bring this year 350 events presented in 40 locations and artists of 70 countries to Sibiu, during May 28 – June 7.

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