Participants from 70 countries line up for Sibiu International Theatre Festival

Actors and theatre companies from 70 countries will take part in the 18th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, to take place between May 27 and June 5, in which over 300 cultural events will be on offer.

According to a press release, remitted, yesterday, by the Sibiu International Theatre Festival’s organizers, this year’s edition will be opened by two exceptional productions: “The Idiot”, based on Fyodor Dostoevsky, performed by the Meno Fortas Nekrosius Theatre Company, and “Tran­sition”, a production of the Aktion Theater Pan.Op­tikum.

According to the aforementioned source, “The Idiot” is the latest production signed by the Lithuanian director Nekro?ius, who was awarded the best director trophy, for this performance, in the Golden Stage Cross Gala.

As regards “Transition”, this is an open-air performance, which addresses the idea of identity within a community.

“This year’s programme is extremely rich and varied and brings before the public representative productions of major Romanian and foreign companies, street performances in the old city and in the medieval fortresses and fortified churches around Sibiu, dance-theatre, flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance performances, puppet shows, circus, light shows, music, pantomime, conferences, debates, photography and painting exhibitions, book launches, installations and workshops, which will be held in conventional, as well as unconventional, venues, turning Sibiu into a true world cultural capital,” Constantin Chiriac, the director of the festival, stated, in the press release. The event is held under the high patronage of the Romanian president and of the European Commission’s representative for Education, Training, Culture and Youth.

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