Turkey: KONYA STATE THEATER
Adaptation of: Sirin Aktemur Toprak, Gokhan Aktemur
Director: Umut Toprak
Scenography/Costumes: Ali Cem Koroglu
Light: Ersen Tuncekc
Music: Ihsan Kilavuz
Performed by: Tomris Cetinel, Umut Toprak
The Epic of Gilgames is an epic poem from Ancient Iraq and is among the earliest known works of literary writings. Scholars believe that is originated as a series of Sumerian legends and poems about the mythological hero – king Gilgames, which were gathered into a longer Akkadian poem much later; the most complete version existing today is preserved on 12 clay tablets in the library collection of the 7th century BCE Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. It was originally titled “He who saw the Deep” (“Sha naqba īmuru”) or “Surpassing All Other Kings” (“Shūtur eli sharr”). Gilgames might have been a real ruler in the late Early Dynastic II period (ca. 27th century BCE).
Kosovo: KOSOVO NATIONAL THEATER AND URBAN THEATER
“DEATH AND THE MAIDEN”
Author: Ariel Dorfman
Director: Fatos Berisha
Costumes and scenography: Yllka Brada
Performed by: Yllka Gashi, Shkumbin Istrefi, Luan Jaha
“Death and the Maiden” is a psychological drama by the Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman. The drama was staged in many theatres around the world. “Death and the Maiden” was also casted as a mystery drama, directed by the prominent film director Roman Polanski, and starred by the famous actors Sigourney Weaver, Sir Ben Kingsley and Stewart Wilson placed. Our version of “Death and the Maiden” is directed by Faton Berisha, and casted by the prominent Kosovo actors: Yllka Gashi, Shkumbin Istrefi and Luan Jaha. The audience is placed on the stage. Topic of the play is the painful past of a woman, who lives in between the past and present.
France: NATIONAL THEATRE OF SYLDAVIA / HOUSE OF EUROPE AND THE ORIENT – PARIS
Author: Hristo Bojchev
Director: Dominique Dolmieu
Scenography: Arben Selimi
Costumes: Anne Deschaintres
Music: Francesco Russo
Performed by: Céline Barcq, Laurent Grappe, Franck Lacroix, Nathalie Pivain, Christophe Sigognault and Federico Uguccioni
This story is rather humanistic and philosophical than political; it expands onto questions and mysteries, and inappropriate behaviors, so that the Thing is captured. And regardless of that whether our characters shall hear it, or not, one may understand that “That Thing” shall never leave them alone, and that this invisible intruder shall test their nerves and imaginations.
Romania: THEATER COMPANY “LA STEAUA” – BUCHAREST
Director: Toma Enache
Performed by: Toma Enache, Topa Vasile, Sorin Saguna, Teodora Calagiu, Tamara Roman, Cristi Stere, Mihai Gheorghe, Teodor Nicolae
Without faith the man turns into a clown – the clown acting by his own will, or is part of a Circus show, most probably lead by the Devil. We get fooled easily, because the Devil is controlling in such a subtle manner, making it impossible for us to predict his plans…
France: ”1000 CULTURES” – Paris
“SENTENCED TO DEATH” – COMPILATION OF FUNERAL RITES AND A LOVE SONG
Author: Jean Genet
Director: Gauthier Morax
Scenography and costumes: Redzhep Mitrovica
Performed by: Redzhep Mitrovica
The verses of the poem described by a violent beauty are dedicated to Morris Pilroz, a killer of a twenty-years old boy, who dies in 1939 by execution. Poems reflect the anxiety of death and the passionate desire. Excellent songs mainly from the power of produced images, various images depending on how the author uses the voice of the lover, the one who performs the execution of the death, or his voice “frightened by the body and radiant face”, the voice of a young boy…
Denmark/Sweden: POLYNIA COMPANY/MALMÖ THEATRE SCHOOL
„WHO THE FUCK STARTED ALL THIS”
Author: Dejan Dukovski
Director: Johan Melin
Performed by: Anna Fabricius, Joonas Saartamo, Robert Bolin, Lai Yde
It’s a story about clowns, ballerinas, angels, Satan, the man, the woman, the power and violence and of course, love. Based on Dejan Dukovski’s “Who the fuck started all this”, these fragments of humanity and non-humanity form a short play about love & death and all in between. The actors are attending The Master Course of Malmö Theatre School and following one-month experimentation together with the film director Johan Melin - this is their output.
Slovenia: MINI THEATER, LJUBLJANA
“MA AND AL”
Author and director: Ivica Buljan
Performed by: Senka Bulic, Marko Mandic
“Ma and Al” is inspired by the work of J. D. Salinger and B. M. Koltès. The three monologs in the performance symbolically represent a new imaginary world which is divided and represents itself as real as a continuum of the theatrical and literary space. The performance deals with the everyday life, a death of a child, broken families, the American democracy, the war in Vietnam, the relation between the classical and modern theater, art of war, inability for communication between the parent and the child, power and isolation; which altogether and at the same time are giving purpose to the exposed stage.
Bulgaria: DRAMA AND PUPPET THEATER “KONSTANTIN VELICKOV” – PAZARDZHIK
Author: Ben Eliot
Director: Mihail Petrov
Performed by: Dimitar Terziev, Todor Kaykov, Yoanna Mikova, Diana Doseva, Zaharinka Terzieva, Iva Ognyanova, Chavdar Bozadzhiev, Alexander Bratoev
“Popcorn” is a satire about the power of the media as a weapon for mass manipulation in the contemporary world. The main character Bruse Delamitri is making black comedies in which the main characters are killers. The movies are a great success among the viewers are receive good critiques by the professionals. The two main killers – Wein and Scott, one evening are coming into the home of the director. This is not just any evening, it’s the night of the Oscars when Bruse receives the main prize.
This is a beginning of humorous surprises and games, in which the media/television gladly joins...