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DIETER TOPP: Thursday Trilogy at BABEL FAST

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Yesterday it has been a long festival Thursday at BABEL FAST. Surrounded by daily open air events – that had to stand the rain – three remarkable events brightened up this gray day.

TBS Theatre Ballet Sibiu presented a IONESCO TRILOGY with a group of 18 young professional dancers from all over the world. Ionesco plays an important role in Romanian cultural, a moralist, an apostle of the absurd, an realistic unrealist, close to dadaism and surrealism. Beyond ridiculing the most banal situations, Ionesco’s plays depict the solitude and insignificance of human existence in a tangible way. By three of the poet’s well-known plays, THE LESSON, CHAIRS, RHINOCEROSES, the well educated dancers and soloists tried to approach Ionesco and his “Experience of the Theatre” and turn it into an “Ballet Experience of Ionesco” (a remarkable choreography by Monica Fotesco Uta).

BODY REVOLUTION from Toneelhuis Theatre, Belgium, with participants from Iran and Iraq, a breath taking “living video” installation by Mokhallad Rasem. Three actors turned electronic pictures and video clips from landscapes, houses and people destroyed by war, revived the deads to lead us to the cruelty front again. An homage to mothers having lost their children and widows, to homeless and refugees, some expressively depressiv, depressively impressing 20 minutes.

Dostoyevsky finalized the gray festival Thursday with WHITE NIGHTS. A man gets to know and falls in love with a young woman, but the love remains unrequited as the woman misses her lover with whom she is finally reunited. A quite typical modern Russian direction (Dumitru Acris from Moldova) figured the three protagonists, all educated and influenced by Russian theatre school. By intense rough manner they gave their best. Even there was no translation the audience followed this passionate show, Dostoyevsky at its finest.

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