The 23rd edition of the Sibiu International Theater Festival will take place between June 10th and June 19th under the motto Building Trust.

“It is an option in relation to life, society, Europe and the world we live in. A world troubled by so much distrust, so many dangers and threats. But what the festival has managed to do in time is to build trust,” explains Constantin Chiriac, the president of the festival.

US actor and director Tim Robbins will attend the event as director of the Midsummer’s Night Dream play, performed by The Actors’ Gang company, whose founder and artistic director he is. He will also receive a star on the Celebrities Alley in Sibiu, on June 18th.

One of the guests at the event is Thomas Ostermeier, the artistic director of the Schaubühne Berlin and one of the best ranked European directors of the moment. He will also be receiving a star on the Celebrities Alley in the city. He is the winner of the Europa Theater Award in 2000, of the Herald Angel Award at the 2002 International Theater Festival in Edinburgh and he is an Associated Artist with the Avignon Festival since 2004. He is also an Officier des Arts et des Lettres since 2009, appointed by the French Ministry. He will present in Sibiu The Marriage of Maria Braun. The performance he directed is an adaptation after the 38th film of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and presents the story of a couple getting married during the Second World War, in a city hall that has just been hit by a bomb.

Israeli dance company Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak is returning this year at the festival. They will present the performance Wrapped, with the choreography signed by the couple Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak. The dancers performing in the show are: Jeremy Alberge, Zvi Fishzon, Ariel Gelbart, Noga Harmelin, Marta-Luiza Jankowska, Cordelia Lange, Amit Marsino, Moran Muller and Ofir Yannai. In time, Wrapped received numerous positive awards, including a Bessie (The New York Dance and Performance Award) in 2000.

Russian dance company State Theatre of Nations will also come to Sibiu with the performance Shukshin’s Stories, and director Alvis Hermanis and actor Evgeny Mironov. The show won numerous awards at the Golden Mask Theater Festival, at the Turandot Crystal Awards and at the 7th International Forum Zolotoy Vityaz. It also won the Best show of the season award from the Theater Union in Russia.

The full program of the festival can be checked here.

Tickets can be bought at eventim.ro.

A round-up of Sibiu accommodation options here.

Photo: Paul Baila | FITS 2015/ SibFest Facebook page