The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj’s production of Julius Caesar, directed by Silviu Purcărete, has opened the 17th edition of the Seoul Theatre Festival. Organized between September 15 and October 15, the theatre festival includes seventeen companies from seven countries. In addition to Romania, other ensembles from Greece, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Canada present their productions for the Seoul audience, including the Akram Kham Company and those signed by Dimitris Papaioannou.
In addition to performances, audiences could attend various workshops, including the one held by the composer of Julius Caesar, Vasile Şirli, entitled Director's World of Theater and Music.
At the official opening ceremony of the festival, Deputy Head of the Romanian Mission in Seoul, Costin-Adrian Ionescu, said it was a great pleasure for them to have a Romanan ensemble open the festival, and with a performance directed by the world famous director Silviu Purcărete. The third performance was attended by guests Gábor Csaba, the Ambassador of Hungary to South Korea, and Cultural Attaché Andrea Kálmán.
Three sold out performances were presented by the ensemble of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj in the 600-seat Grand Hall of the Arko Arts Theater. The first performance was followed by a Q&A with the audience, attended by a lot of people who asked many questions and offered positive feedback concerning the production they had just seen. In addition, Caesar's dog, Angyal, proved to be a great success, representing a curious presence for local audiences, since the dogs present within the country are generally of much smaller breeds.
This was the third time the ensemble of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj presented productions in Seoul, still, Cluj audiences are not foreign to the Far East culture, since Korean theatre companies are returning guests of the Interferences Theatre Festival, organized every two years.