A new festival that defies both summer heat and theatre holidays – as most theatres are closed throughout summer – will be launched at the begining of August in Bacau. Theaterstock is an ambitious project by actress Anca Sigartau, manager of the “George Bacovia” Municipal Theatre, and will host no less than 138 performances from attending countries. During August 1 – 16, 1,600 artists will meet the public in Moldova and more.
The program of this grand festival includes theatre performances, dance, classical music, flamenco, fado, jazz, street performances, 3D painting, reading performances, workshops, conferences, book launches and a stock exchange of performances.
As part of the section “Our Story, the audience may enjoy referential performances by all national theatres in the country. Therefore, the “I. L. Caragiale” National Theatre in Bucharest will present the theatre show “The Tempest”, directed by Alexander Morfov, starring Ion Caramitru as Prospero and the young Istvan Teglas as Ariel.
The “Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre of Timisoara presents a highly romantic musical, “Maria de Buenos Aires”, directed by Ada Lupu. The actual lead character of the show is Argentinian tango passionately performed on accordion.
The “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre of Craiova presents a performance signed by Silviu Purcarete. It is “A Storm”, an innovative version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece “The Tempest”.
The National Theatre of Cluj brings to Theaterstock a mind blowing comedy; “Mein Kampf”, directed by Alexandru Dabija, which reveals an Adolf Hitler who was different to how we would imagine him. Hitler, as played by Sorin Leoveanu (nominated for this role at this year’s UNITER Awards) is not yet the blood thirsty dictator, but an untalented young man who wishes to study painting. Perhaps, if he got admitted to Visual Arts University, history would have been different, Alexandru Dabija seems to tell us.
The “Vasile Alecsandri” National Theatre of Iasi brings to Bacau “Stupid People under the moonlight”, directed by Ovidiu Lazar.
The Bulandra Theatre in Bucharest is presented in the Focus section with several performances, including “Conversation after the funeral”, directed by Alexandru Darie and “The Tail”, directed by Iarina Demian.
According to organizers, there is also a Focus on directing; the theatre director brought in the spotlight this year is Alexander Hausvater, whose portfolio is represented here by the shows “Balkan Girls”, produced by the “Tony Bulandra” Theatre in Targoviste and “Mrs. Hess and Her Gardens”, produced by the Jewish State Theatre of Bucharest.
Also, there will be a section dedicated to independent theatre and there will be also numerous performances in nonconventional locations: no less than sixteen grand street companies will animate the city throughout the festival with performances of great impact and free access to everyone.
“The festival intends to be a space for artistic meetings and free expression, a space that presents quality, regardless of the area, a space that reunites state-supported theatre with the independent section and private initiative, with street art and music. It is a public – oriented festival, and we are looking to an increasing number of viewers, and hope that they will enjoy the wonderful performances hosted by the festival. I am sure that they will be by our side. It is a festival with a motto and an idea I strongly believe in – this year’s motto is “We are one”, which means that all of us, regardless of the artistic field we are coming from or we are working in, all of us serve beauty and are, in the end, soul shapers. I believe in the educational mission of artistic acts in general and of theatre in particular, I believe that in a society undergoing permanent dynamics and a shattered system of values, culture is the one to make a difference. I believe in the civilising power of art, regardless of its form of expression, and I think that the theatre is the starting point for permanent bonding in any community”, declared Anca Sigartau, manager of the “George Bacovia” Municipal Theatre, initiator and manager of Theaterstock Festival.
Shortly, in figures, the festival will host 138 theatre performances, 20 massive street performances, 23 indoor and outdoor performance venues, 16 rock, fado, flamenco concerts, as well as other music genres, seven conferences, nineteen invited international theatre companies, 38 invited Romanian theatre companies, ten invited embassies and cultural institutes.
The organizers anticipate that Theaterstock Festival will gather, for the 16 days of events, a daily number of 30,000 viewers, including 10,000 tourists.