The 8th edition of the Interferences International Theatre Festival has entered its second half, but there is still a varied line-up of events awaiting theatre lovers and more, including book launches and exhibitions. In the upcoming days, alongside performances by experienced, world-renowned artists such as Christoph Marthaler and Jaram Lee, the festival will also present works by young directors such as Attila Vidnyánszky Jr. and his Young Barbarians, as well as Catinca Drăgănescu and her staging of Here Moscow Calling.
On November 23rd, at 12 noon, TIFF House will host the project presentation of the Multimedia Dictionary of Romanian Theatre [Dicționarul Multimedia al Teatrului Românesc], in collaboration with Asociația Română pentru Promovarea Artelor Spectacolului - Babeș-Bolyai University - Târgu Mures University of Arts - Timisoara University of Western Studies - Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași.
Also on November 23, from 6 pm, the second performance of the co-production of Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, entitled Aucune Idée, directed by Swiss director Christoph Marthaler, will be presented on the theatre's Main Stage, following its initial rendition on November 22.
“Aucune Idée, is a new musical poem laced with elements of the burlesque, and characterized by an intimate and sophisticated humor - the hallmark of a poised creator." – stated theatre critic Alexandre Demidoff about the production.
From 8 pm in the theatre's Studio, festival audiences can enjoy Attila Vidnyánszky Jr.'s second staging in Cluj, Young Barbarians, inspired by the lives of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, based on a text by Miklós Vecsei H. and improvisations by the company, and co-produced with the Gyula Castle Theatre.
“It ended up being called Young Barbarians. It is not our intention to recount the lives of Bartók and Kodály, it would be impossible, and it is certainly not our intention to tell a story or write a musical. In fact, our endeavor is aimless, it goes nowhere, we have found no message or things to say, there will be no protagonists and no lesson to learn at the end, we will try to talk as little as possible. We were seeking echoes that could resonate today as much as they did a hundred years ago.” – said the director of the production.
An audience meeting with the creators of Young Barbarians will take place the next day, on November 24, at 11 am at TIFF House. This will be followed - at the same venue - by the presentation of the book edited by Katarzyna Niedurny, Revolution. Contemporary Polish Theatre Anthology [Revoluții. Antologie de Teatru Contemporan Polonez].
On Wednesday, November 24, Catinca Drăgănescu's Here Moscow Calling will be performed twice in the theatre's Studio, from 4 pm and 9 pm, respectively, by the Unteatru company from Bucharest.
“A daughter’s relationship with her father is always special, but how does it change if the father is a famous dictator? How does it feel when Dad is a “monster”? Which reality is the real one? Between family attachment and political conscience, the show proposes a live dissection of a controversial character in the history of the 20th century.” - reads the synopsis of the performance.
Also on November 24, at 6 pm, the very popular South Korean pansori artist Jaram Lee will return to Cluj-Napoca for the fourth time. This time, together with director Jihye Park, she has staged the Nobel Prize-winning play The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, a performance that will take place on the Main Stage.
“Thanks to Lee Jaram, pansori will no longer remain stuck in the past, but it is now living and evolving together with its audience.” – writes the Financial News about the performance.
The creators of The Old Man and the Sea will meet their audience in the upstairs foyer of the theatre on November 24, after the performance, while the creators of Here Moscow Calling will join the public at TIFF House the following day, November 25, at 10 am.
The exhibition Eternal Yorick - Life Book by Csaba Antal and Everyday Angel, as well as the Les Loges installation will be on permanent display for the rest of the festival.
The festival is co-organised by the Corvineum Foundation, with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Government of Hungary and the Bethlen Gábor Fund, as well as the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and City Council. The event is supported by the European Theatre Union, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Office for Interethnic Relations, Energobit, the Communitas Foundation and the Cluj County Council. Its main partners are TIFF House, Transit House, Romanian Opera of Cluj, UNITER. Mobility partner: RMB Inter Auto.
Tickets for the performances featured in the festival are available online at www.biletmaster.ro and at the theatre's ticket office.
The theatre's ticket office will be open from 10 am to 10 pm daily during the festival, between November 17 and 27.
The theatre reserves the right to alter the programme!