The National Theatre of Bucharest (TNB) will host, under its new hat-like roof, the NETA 2015 International Theatre Festival, from August 28 to September 4. The event, which will bring to Bucharest 13 theatre plays from 10 NETA member countries, will take place under the motto: “Theatre – hero of our times.”
The New European Theatre Action (NETA), a network TNB is part of as founding member, has become in a decade of activity one of the most important European theatre associations, its activity being recognized and supported by the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture. At the same time, it is the biggest theatre association of this format in Europe, bringing together 67 members (national theatres, companies, festivals) from 19 European countries and being set to expand its activity beyond Europe in the near future.
Although the National Theatre of Bucharest’s (TNB) theatrical season ends on June 14 and the next one starts in mid-September, this summer the theatre will prepare for the first edition of the NETA 2015 International Festival.
For 8 days, all TNB halls will take part in this ample summit of creative energies invited in Bucharest in order to show that theatre is the hero of our times.
Some of the most representative theatre productions from NETA member theatres will be seen on the TNB stages, according to the organizers. We are talking about national and international productions, comedy, drama and dance-theatre, classical as well as contemporary plays, collective creations and individual shows, all featuring the most modern stage-manager’s visions that will present a various and extremely up-to-date range of issues, national influences as well as universal human imprint. “Powerful experiences and passions, in the best of interpretations, will give the extent of the theatre and the times we are living. A living theatre showcasing violent pulses, which tends to bring closer even the past, even the transcendent, through visual theatre with rich symbolism,” a communiqué issued by organizers reads.
The selection jury consisted of three personalities from the international theatre scene – Blagoja Stefanovski, NETA President and Art Director of the Small Drama Theatre Bitola (Macedonia), Damir Domitrovic, NETA General Secretary and Director of EX Ponto International Theatre Festival, Ljubljana (Slovenia), and George Banu, theatrologist and Honorary President of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), professor at Sorbonne, Paris (France).
The jury has selected the following plays for the festival: Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” directed by Spiro Duni, National Theatre of Albania, Tirana; Ivan Dobcev’s and Stefan Ivanov’s “Medeea – mama mea,” directed by Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobcev, Sfumato Theatre of Sofia, Bulgaria; Robert Musil’s “The Confusions of Young Torless,” directed by Branko Brezovec, a co-production signed by the Eurokaz Festival and the Drama Academy in Zagreb, Croatia; William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by David Doiashvili, Vaso Abashidze Music and Drama Theatre of Tbilisi, Georgia; “Cuvantul Tata,” collective creation, directed by Gabriele Vacis, Koreja Theatre, Lecce, Italy; Sophocles’ “Electra,” directed by Andriy Zholdak, National Theatre of Skopje, Macedonia; Radmila Vojvodic’s “Un Dilas obisnuit,” directed by Radmila Vojvodic, National Theatre of Podgorica, Montenegro; Dejan Dukovski’s “Powder keg,” directed by Felix Alexa, National Theatre of Bucharest; “Helver’s Night,” dance theatre show directed by Alexander Bargman, V.F. Komissarjevskaia Theatre, Sankt Petersburg, Russia; Svetlana Makarovic’s “Dead Man Comes for His Mistress,” directed by Jernej Lorenci, Preseren Theatre of Kranj, Slovenia; Ljubomir Durkovic’s “Tobelia,” directed by Nick Upper, co-production Vratsa Theatre (Bulgaria), Ex Ponto Festival (Slovenia) and Theatre of Bitola (Macedonia).
Apart from these, there will also be two typical NETA co-productions specially made for this event in the spirit of creative dialogue between its members and of “culture without borders”: Jordan Plevnes’s “Cyrial and Methodius,” directed by Martin Kocovski, a co-production signed by Slovenia’s Ex Ponta Festival (“B-51” Cultural Society), Bulgaria’s Theatre of Vratsa and Macedonia’s Theatre of Bitola; Andrej Skubic’s “Hura, Nosferatu,” directed by Simona Semenic, Ex Ponto Festival, National Theatre of Nova Gorica, Youth Theatre of Ljubljana, Slovenia.