ARTS & LEISURE

International cast production for Silviu Purcarete’s new show

The National Theatre Festival (FNT) will present, in its 20th edition, the latest play directed by Silviu Purcarete – Le Roi se meurt (Exit the King), by Eugene Ionesco, an international production. The show premieres on September 15, within the Ex Ponto Festival in Slovenia, and will be presented, then, within the FNT, before touring to France, Italy, Montenegro, Macedonia and Croatia. This new production will mark, in January 2011, the inauguration of the new building hosting the Esch Theatre in Luxembourg.


A household name in European theatre, Silviu Purcarete chose to direct, in 2010, Ionesco’s Le Roi se meurt, with an international cast, after having tackled, successfully, in 2007, the latter’s Macbett, at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The international production, thus, affords the director the opportunity of a renewed encounter with Ionesco, but also with composer Vasile Sirli, one of his close collaborators, and with artists in France, Slovenia and Luxembourg. “Silviu Purcarete takes on this play which, up to now, had seemed fairly alien to him, and I’m trying to understand his motive. Why now? Is it merely an accident? Is it an arbitrary decision? I understand it, after having seen, twice, his Faust, his opera magna, as the beginning of a new cycle, which we may call the director and death. Le Roi se meurt may be traced back, for Purcarete-the director, to the Goethean line. He, the Epicurean, so far a disciple of Rabelais, begins to take a distance from the latter and to ponder precisely on the best way to exit the stage, on what this departure presupposes and on it may preserve in terms of a ‘theatrical quality’,” the essay-writer George Banu writes, discussing the director’s choice. The show Le Roi se meurt is produced by Parisian company Les Arts et Mouvant – Cie a l’endroit des mondes allant vers, joint, as co-producers, by Ex-Ponto Festival Kulturno Drustvo B-51 (Slovenia), Théatre d’Esch (Luxembourg), National Drama Theater Ljubljana (Slovenia), International Festival Theater MOT (Macedonia), Scène Nationale de Bayonne Sud-Aquitain (France).Taking advantage of Purcarete’s presence in Bucharest, organisers also invited him at a meeting with the public. Thus, the director will also be present in November within the Debates, Conferences, Meetings module at the National University of Theatrical and Cinematographic Art (UNATC), where he will hold a dialogue-conference with the theorist Octavian Saiu, starting from the performance Phèdre, based on Racine and Euripides, one of the 1994 hits of the Craiova National Theatre.

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