Following its last occurrence in 2008, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj will once again be the host of the prestigious festival of the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe, after an 11-year hiatus. The 18th edition of UTE FEST - the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe Festival will take place in Cluj, between November 19 and 30.
The Union des Théâtres de l’Europe (UTE) was founded in 1990 by world-renowned Italian director Giorgio Strehler, the manager of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, and Jack Lang, French politician, former minister of culture and education. The organization, which currently has 34 members, included the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj among its members in 2008, while Gábor Tompa, the theatre’s managing and artistic director was elected as the head of the organization at the Union’s General Assembly, held in May 2018.
Gábor Tompa will direct Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca. The preview of the play will take place on Tuesday, September 24, at 7 pm, in the theatre’s Main Hall.
When detailing his artistic vision, Gábor Tompa emphasizes the sacred nature of the play, stating at the same time that Shakespeare’s drama addresses also the duality of the world and that of man, for no one is born good or bad. Everyone comes into the world with equal potential, just as the Creator made us. Prospero also fluctuates between his childlike self and that of a wise man. The way to understand Prospero is through the supreme commandment of love and forgiveness.