By British Council Romania

04 June 2018 - 13:59

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS 2018) akes place between 8 -17 June 2018.

One of the most important theatre and performing arts festivals in Romania and the third largest in Europe, FITS is celebrating its 25th anniversary edition this year. The festival is held under the joint patronage of Romania's President, Klaus Iohannis, and HRH The Prince of Wales, with this year marking Romania's centenary and the 80th anniversary of British Council in Romania.

FITS brings 525 events with over 3300 artists from 73 countries, who will perform in more than 73 venues, across 10 days, for over 690.000 people.

See below details about the British perfomances within the festival:

Wheeze - The Wind of Change, a Parrabbola production

Wheeze, the Vital Organ, is at the heart of the action. People are welcome to join in and make beautiful wind-powered music with the Engineer and his friends. But here comes The Generalissima and her evil henchmen. They’re out to spoil the fun and are doing everything they can to stop everyone speaking and singing as they please. Follow orders, behave and do just what you’re told - the new message that The Generalissima is out to enforce! Can Wheeze triumph? Will fun prevail and sweet music be heard again? Add your voices and help beautiful music rise up again!

Show :

  • 9 June, 17.30

The spirit of India through pipes and drums

Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band was established in 1972, and has become renowned around the world as being a civilian band with military style and discipline. The Band has performed widely, and it also has a special Cadets Corps where over eighty aspiring Band members learn the disciplines from the age of three. The band uniform includes a black bonnet with a read feather, black doublet, red tartan kilt, sporran, and a red tartan plaid.

Concerts :

  • 8 June, 17.45, 19.45
  • 9 June, 13.15, 20.45 
  • 10 June, 18.15, 20.45

London Community Gospel Choir

The first concert gospel choir in Britain, LCGC is known for their funky gospel flair, swing-beat, RnB, traditional and soulful arrangements with invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics, creating a wall of soulful sound that is both memorable and inspirational. The choir has performed in many of the UK’s greatest stages such as Wembley Stadium (FA Cup Final), the Royal Albert Hall and are regulars at Glastonbury Festival. 

Concerts :

  • 9 June, 18.00
  • 10 June, 20.00
  • 11 June, 18.00

Frantic (Acrojou)

Directed by: Jeni Barnard

Love, freedom, blood, sweat and rainstorms: Frantic is an explosive acrobatic exploration of our relentless devotion to busyness, the reality of a running mind and one man’s thirst for escape. Frantic features spectacular acrobatics and dance-theatre, choreographed around a wheel. Following the runaway success of Acrojou’s first outdoor show “The Wheel House”, “Frantic” was polled by Xtrax as audience favourite at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2014 and has toured extensively (UK and international) for the past four years. 

Shows :

  • 9 June, 13.00, 20.00
  • 10 June, 12.30, 18.00

The Wheel House (Acrojou)

Directed by Jeni Barnard & Barney White

A ‘tender, post-apocalyptic love story’, “The Wheel House” is an acrobatic promenade show, which unfolds inside and around a circular set as it rolls with the audience walking alongside. An enchanting story set in a dystopian future, at a time where survival relies on sharp eyes, quick hands, and above all, friendship. Acrojou’s flagship show, “The Wheel House”, has been touring worldwide since 2008 and is the most widely toured Without Walls commission to date.

Shows :

  • 11 June, 17.30, 21.00
  • 12 June. 17.00, 21.00

Border Tales (Protein Dance)

Conceived and Directed by Luca Silvestrini

Award-winning company Protein Dance presents a thought-provoking yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain through dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences. Border Tales looks at post-Brexit Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking.

Shows :

  • 12 June, 18.00
  • 12 June, 22.00

Luminarium - Katena (Architects of Air)

Architects of Air create luminaria - monumental sculptures designed to move people to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour. From Hawaii to Hong Kong, Lithuania to Lebanon, the Bilbao Guggenheim to the Sydney Opera House, more than 3 million people around the world have been enchanted by Architects of Air’s luminaria since the company’s foundation in 1992. 

Explore Luminarium - Katena  in Sibiu's Piața Mică (Small Square) from 13 to 17 June, between 11.00 and 20.30.

Medea, Written in Rage

By Jean Rene Lemoine / Translated, adapted, and directed by Neil Bartlett

The story of the murderous sorceress Medea and her love for Jason was already old when ancient Greek playwright Euripides turned it into a tragedy in fifth-century Athens. She has since been reincarnated many times, but in all versions, Medea is talked about by other characters, and is roundly judged for her crimes - by men, by women, by her parents, by Jason and (of course) by the audience. In Jean-René Lemoine's new telling of the story, which was first staged in Paris in 2014, Medea appears alone. Her wardrobe and her words may draw on several of her earlier incarnations, but this time the legend is very definitely speaking for herself.

Shows :

  • 14 June, 22.00
  • 15 June, 16.00

Birmingham Community Gospel Choir

The Birmingham Community Gospel Choir is a British Christian Gospel Choir formed in 2005 with a current mass membership of 30 singers. In addition to having been featured on numerous radio shows including Ed Doolan & Jeremy Vine, Television shows including BBC Songs of Praise, The One Show and BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the choir received the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year award in 2015.

"Gospel in Praise and Worship" concert :

  • 15 June, 18.00
  • 16 June, 17.00
  • 17 June, 20.00

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