Four theatre festivals take place this month, bringing before us Romanian and international productions. Thus, between May 7 and 15, we are invited to a new edition of the Romanian Playwrights’ Festival, which added, this year, the acronym FEST, standing for the Timisoara European Performing Arts Festival. The main module of FDR-FEST is, once again, this year, the Competition section, accompanied by the Off, Performance and Open Air sections. The list of productions will include “The Thrill of It All”, presented by the Forced Entertainment Company (UK), and “Leonce and Lena”, by G. Buchner, directed by Tompa Gabor, presented by the Cluj-Napoca Hungarian Theatre. Between May 14 and 21, Buzau will host “Gala VedeTeatru” (WatchTheatre Gala), a festival centred mainly on comedies.
However, the most keenly-awaited event for theatre-lovers is, by far, the 18th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, to take place between May 27 and June 5, featuring over 300 cultural events, which will involve actors and theatre companies from 70 countries. The 2011 edition will kick off with two exceptional performances: “The Idiot”, based on Fyodor Dostoevsky, produced by the Meno Fortas Nekrosius Theatre Company, and “Transition”, a production of the Aktion Theater Pan Optikum. Another first-rank guest is the Brussels National Theatre company, which will present a production based on the real-life story of two young people: Bastian Bosse, the student who shot a gun at his school, and Natascha Kampusch, the young girl kidnapped and kept for eight years in a cellar. Also featured on the programme are prestigious choreographers and dancers, such as Pal Frenak, Claire Cunningham, Yukio Suzuki and the Kargadan Theatre Company, presenting “The Requiem for Hiroshima”.
Finally, the sixth edition of the Star Gala, hosted by the “Bacovia” City Theatre, ends today, in Bacau, after a competition which included productions running 40 to 80 minutes, presented by theatre companies from Romania and elsewhere.