The 7th Interferences International Theatre Festival, organized by the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, will start on Thursday, November 19, and will take place online between November 19-29.
The online performances series will open with Faust, Fragments (1992) at 5 pm, and will be available for 24 hours on the festival’s main page at www.interferences-huntheater.ro, where new performances will become available daily.
The director and protagonist of the performance, the world-famous Giorgio Strehler, stated the following regarding the performance: “Through the highest levels of artistry, Goethe's Faust assails man, overwhelming him, getting to the roots of human adventure, reaching its heights and its most profound depths. The value of perpetuity, of presence beyond individual time, becomes clearer and more striking. Faust goes beyond Goethe, his era, his time, even beyond his writing and style. It is complete theatre. A form of theatre so vast, so fantastical and yet so coherent, reaching the very limits of the possible, that it demands both courage and humility, parsimony and patience, of the mind and heart, impossible to achieve as a whole, always and in every moment.”
Also on Thursday, November 19, at 8 pm, Imre Madách's drama: The Tragedy of Man will be presented by the Csiky Gergely Hungarian Theatre of Timişoara, directed by Silviu Purcărete. The performance will be available until 12 noon on November 20.
“Even if we don't see him on the stage in Silviu Purcărete's vision, the Child is always present: we can hear his voice, see his clearface shining in the deep layers of every scene, his frailness and constant danger give meaning to our desire to get to know ourselvesbetter. This is an exceptional theatric laboratory, where the need for precision is not originated in the superiority of the judgementmakers,but only in love, compassion, and the joy of closeness and togetherness. Purcărete's unique humour, his legendary kindnessand modesty bring The Tragedy of Man to unexpected ties: Madách's great poem of the 19th century, difficult at a first glance, becomesalive and accessible, while his abstract philosophy-theology is truly vital. Purcărete reaches out to the great classic, he starts a profounddialogue and invites him as a guest in our age, full of contradictions, fear, anxiety, a time which is burdened more precisely by the fact thatdespair is no longer hidden.” – said András Visky, the playwright of the performance.
On Friday, November 20, at 12 noon, a nonverbal performance entitled Paso Doble, will be broadcast on the festival’s website, featuring Josef Nadj and Miquel Barceló, who are also the creators of the production. “Understanding dance above all as a place for encounters” this is how Josef Nadj defines his work. Beyond his role as choreographer the man is in fact an artist without borders and without barriers. Dancer, but also visual artist and photographer, his vision of humanity is poetic and passionate. Constantly in search of new forms. Ceaselessly willing to explore humanity as close as possible to human truth.”
On Friday, the next performance that will be acccesible starting at 5 p.m., is Marco Motta’s documentary Giorgio Strehler: La tentation faustienne, which shows the rehearsal process for the Faust, Fragments production, where Giorgio Strehler is present as both actor and director of the piece. The documentary will be available for 24 hours on the festival’s website.
At 8 pm, the Kosztolányi Dezső Theatre of Subotica’s production of Hommage à Danilo Kiš: Turbo Paradiso will be presented. The performance will be available until 12 noon on November 21. “A performance, which is becoming increasingly topical. A performance about us and about them. A tender fear without intermission. Heaven is not playing games. And an interesting question as the basis of all: what do I - as the citizen of a given country - fear?... It's something worth talking about...”- says András Urbán, the director of the production.
The performances are available free of charge at http://www.interferences-huntheater.ro!
The festival was organized with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Government of Hungary, the Bethlen Gábor Fund, and the Cluj-Napoca Mayor's Office and City Council.
The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the programme!