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GENERAL ASSEMBLY & 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PICCOLO TEATRO
Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d'Europa
Milan, Italy
 

20 - 21 May 2017

The 14th of May 2017 is the 70th anniversary of the Piccolo Teatro: 25,500 days of “An art theatre for all” to look back on via the shows – both Italian and international – staged at the Teatro Strehler, Teatro Grassi and Teatro Studio Melato, as well as in a number of venues throughout the city, such as the Anfiteatro Martesana or the Beccaria juvenile detention centre, exhibitions and videos in the Rovello” space, along via Dante and in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, video-projections on the façade of the Strehler and Grassi, opportunities to meet international guests, concerts dedicated to Fiorenzo Carpi and an evening with Ornella Vanoni who will sing the songs of the “Mala”, the underworld, the publication of a book “In search of beauty”, shows and performers seen by Giulio Giorello in collaboration with the Piccolo Archives. Published and distributed by Corraini Editori, and much much more. In this context, the UTE will participate with its General Assembly between 20 and 21 May 2017.

An event by the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe in collaboration with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d'Europa. In the context of the CONFLICT ZONES network-programme.
With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

ISO Theatre & Harbour40
National Theatre of Northern Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece


22 – 31 August 2017
This residency creates a synergy between two long-term undertakings of the ISO—International Super Objective Theatre and the Young Emerging Playwrights who created the Harbour40 project. Three playwrights from Bulgaria, Greece and Italy; two dramaturgs from Greece; and 11 actors from the ISO collective will meet and work together during this residency in Thessaloniki to further develop the existing Harbour40 texts.
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PICCOLO TEATRO DI MILANO
Teatro d'Europa
Milan, Italy
www.piccoloteatro.org
 
In cerca d’autore.
Studio sui “Sei personaggi” di Luigi Pirandello

Directed by Luca Ronconi, re-staging by Luca Bargagna

3 to 21 May 2017 
Teatro Studio Melato

 
The impassioned work of a director and a group of students. An author that everyone thinks they know but who very few have actually read with attention, curiosity and a desire to understand more. Luca Ronconi explores Pirandello’s masterpiece, sharing with his young pupils the sense and the value of theatrical research.

A Centro Teatrale Santacristina and Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa co-production
in collaboration with the Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica “Silvio d’Amico”
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Arlecchino servitore di due padroni
By Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Giorgio Strehler

6 May to 28 May 2017 
Teatro Grassi

The story of Harlequin, servant to two masters, as Giorgio Strehler said, is “living memory”. Like an unstoppable river in full flow, the show - with Ferruccio Soleri and Enrico Bonavera in the title role - brings magic to the stage every evening. Because “Harlequin is always the same and always different”, wrote the maestro, and is “unaffected by the passing of time”.

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Soudain l’été dernier
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Stéphane Braunschweig

11 to 14 May 2017 
Teatro Strehler

Suddenly last summer... what really happened? This work by Tennessee Williams develops like an investigation, not a police investigation, but rather a human one, regarding the death of the poet Sébastien Venable. How can one decipher a tale that is like a terrible hallucination?


An Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe production
Performed in French with Italian surtitles

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Matteo Ricci e Xu Guangqi
By William H. Sun
Directed by Guo Yu and Shen Kuang

23 May to 25 May 2017 
Teatro Studio Melato

Created by the Shanghai Theatre Academy, the play is a tribute to the extraordinary friendship which bound two 16th century men of science and faith (even if not of the same faith). An ode to understanding between peoples and to respect for one’s fellow man, possible where a love for study and knowledge is sovereign.

A Shanghai Theatre Academy production
Performed in Chinese with surtitles in Italian

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Richard III
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier

25 to 27 May 2017 
Teatro Strehler

Born premature, hunchbacked, horrible: despite being disadvantaged at birth, Richard does not renounce being one of the protagonists of the War of the Roses, in which he takes the side of his brother Edward. The end of the conflict offers him no peace: now that he has fought and won alongside the legitimate king, why not take his place?

A Schaubühne Berlin production
Performed in German with Italian surtitles

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Prospero l’isola dei suoni
An improvised composition inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Created and directed by Massimo Navone

29 to 31 May 2017
Teatro Studio Melato

A performance-show created by Massimo Navone with Enrico Intra to stage Shakespeare’s The Tempest in an original and unusual version, imagining an interweaving of words, sounds and images, adapted to create the magical climate of the English original of being “suspended in space and time”.

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Ornella Vanoni in concerto

28 October 2017
Piccolo Teatro Strehler

Ornella Vanoni returns to the Piccolo Teatro to sing stories from an underworld that no longer exists, but which are played once again in the year of the seventieth anniversary thanks to an extraordinary singer. A very special evening with the lady of song, who presents a tribute to Strehler and the story of the Piccolo.

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Cherry Orchard
By Anton Chekhov
Directed and stage adaptation by Lev Dodin

23 to 26 November 2017
Piccolo Teatro Strehler

The new staging by Lev Dodin and the Maly Drama Teatr of Saint Petersburgh: The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s last masterpiece.  “The liveliest play that Chekhov ever wrote - explains the director-. It surprises us because it is a play that reflects our daily lives: a play that is history, with us as the characters”. 

Performed in Russian with surtitles in Italian.

 
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JUGOSLOVENSKO DRAMSKO POZORIŠTE - YUGOSLAV DRAMA THEATRE 
Belgrade, Serbia
www.jdp.rs

 
Celebrating Pirandello

Rehearsals of So It Is (If You Think So) by Luigi Pirandello are on; the director is Jagoš Marković. The cast of this new YDT production includes Branislav Lečić, Jelisaveta Sablić, Marko Janketić, Jasmina Ranković, Predrag Ejdus, Nenad Jezdić, Rada Đuričin, Goran Daničić, Vesna Stanković…
Set design by Jagoš Marković, costume design by Bojana Nikitović with Ljiljana Mrkić Popović in charge of voice coaching.
The opening night of So It Is (If You Think So) is scheduled for the 4th June on the Ljuba Tadić stage. This year marks 150th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Pirandello, a Nobel laureate, and with this production YDT joins the celebration taking place around the world. Though Pirandello was a well known story teller and novelist, he is best known for his plays, with So It Is (If You Think So) being one of his earlier works.

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Einstein's Dreams Soon In YDT

The Yugoslav Drama Theatre is going to produce a theatre play based on the famous book Einstein’s Dreams by Allan Lightman, a physicist, directed by Slobodan Unkovski. This unusual novel (published in 1993) captured the imagination of Slobodan Unkovski more than twenty years ago and turned into his stage dream.
In thirty (Einstein’s) dreams that make the novel, Lightman opens up 30 different worlds where completly different aspects, quality and rules of time are at play. Characters and storylines are interwoven in a special way to present Einstein’s theory. Lightman is very familiar with the complex structure of that theory but is capable of translating it into a piece of art.
With actors from Yugoslav Drama Theatre Unkovski has formed an ensemble that starts rehearsals in May. The premiere can be expected in September 2017.

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Hamlet On Tour

A guest performance of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Aleksandar Popovski and produced by Yugoslav Drama Theatre, is scheduled for the 29th April at Volkstheater, Vienna, Austria.
After that, on the 3rd May Hamlet is going to take part in the 24th International Small Scene Theatre Festival in Rijeka, Croatia. The festival lasts from 2nd to 10th May and there will be presented new productions of directors Oskaras Koršunovas, Janusz Kica, Aleksej Levinskij, Tatjana Mandić Rigonat, Igor Vuk Torbica, Kokan Mladenović, Ivan Leo Lemo, Anica Tomić and Aleksandar Popovski.

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ENGLISH SURTITLES

Every month a select number of performances at Yugoslav Drama Theatre is surtitled in English for theatre goers from abroad.

In May 2017:
William Shakespeare HAMLET, directed by Aleksandar Popovski
J-B.P. Molière DON JUAN, directed by Gorčin Stojanović
A.N. Ostrovsky A PROFITABLE POSITION, directed by Egon Savin
We are going to provide the UTE Newsletters with the information about subtitled performances subsequently every month.
Yugoslav Drama Theatre has been performing plays with English subtitles since 2012.
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NATIONAL THEATRE OF PRAGUE
Prague, Czech Republic
www.narodni-divadlo.cz


Frailty, Thy Name Is Woman
FRAILTY, THY NAME IS WOMAN

Directed by 420PEOPLE & Daniel Špinar

Czech premiere: May 11 and 18 2017
The New Stage

Woman as object, woman as subject, woman as woman. The production is the fruit of the collaboration between the National Theatre Drama company and the first-class Czech dance ensemble 420PEOPLE, who have been permanent guests of the New Stage. Out of the numerous options possible, we have taken the one exploring the “situation of women” over the course of time and in theatre. A superlative Czech actress amidst the universe of movement and, at the same time, the universe of men – this too is a manner of trying out at the New Stage genre crossovers and exposing our actors to new challenges.
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Václav Kliment Klicpera, Milan Šotek
THE MILLER’S MONKEY

The most Klicperian Klicpera you can imagine.
Directed by Štěpán Pácl

Premiere: 25, 26 May 2017
The Estates Theatre

“We have no Molièresque humour, with the exception of a few of Klicpera’s comedies,” said the distinguished Czech theatre director and theoretician Jindřich Honzl, thus precisely rendering the essence of the talent endowed to the playwright and poet Václav Kliment Klicpera (1792–1859): knitting together comic scenes, familiar from Ancient mime and Italian commedia dell’arte into an integrated dramatic story. His complete plays, replete with situational humour and puns, served for Milan Šotek to compile a “brand-new” comedy, bearing in mind specific National Theatre actors. To paraphrase the title of one of Klicpera’s one-acters, Everyone Something for the Homeland, he has taken from each of the plays for the “Nation”, giving rise to a sort of “Klicpera show”. 
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ENGLISH SURTITLES
 
William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night‘s Dream
April 25, May 9, June 19, The National Theatre
 
William Shakespeare Othello
April 28, May 15, June 15, The Estates Theatre
 
Caryl Churchill Love and Information
April 18, May 21, The New Stage
 
Maurice Maeterlinck The Blue Bird
May 23, June 6, the Estates Theatre
 
A. P. Chekhov The Tree Sisters
May 149, June 9, the Estates Theatre
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TEATRO DI ROMA
Rome, Italy
www.teatrodiroma.net
 
Il Viaggio di Enea (Voyage of Aeneas)
By Olivier Kemeid from Virgil’s Aeneid
Adapted and directed by Emanuela Giordano

On stage: 26 April – 7 May 2017
 
Oliver Kemeid, a playwright writing in French but of North African origin, weaves wisely the knots of the epic myth with the biographical events of a contemporary age in which a universal, new and redeeming voyage takes place. The Aeneid by Virgil was already very different from the prototype of the hero portrayed by scholars at that time: he was fragile, humane and yet he was driven by the need to pursue the wishes of Destiny at all costs. This is a modern re-interpretation, faithful to Virgil’s classical epic, in which Kemeid narrates the events regarding his father following his arrival with his family in Canada after many peregrinations and countless difficulties.
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Enea in viaggio
(Aeneas Travels)_MIGRARTI

Linked to the Production “Il Viaggio di Enea”, the PROJECT ENEA IN VIAGGIO (AENEAS TRAVELS)—organized by the Teatro di Roma in collaboration with the Associazione Liberi Nantes and Amref Health Africa-Italy—has been funded by the Bando MigrArti 2017 of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.
Aeneas Travels is an artistic and cultural performative experiment, a meeting of great proximity between artists, migrants and citizens that will make use of theatrical language in order to encourage a closer and mutual acquaintance.

Aeneas Travels is a three-stage project.
Workshops: eight meetings between migrants, actors from Teatro di Roma Drama School and citizens in Teatro India and Teatro Argentina’s venues || Theater goes to town: nine days of open integrated workshop and performance for residents, actors and migrants in areas where the relationship between citizens and migrants is particularly complex. || Town goes to theater: an Atelier for 200, open to the city through a call to the Roman citizens. Two hundred of them will be asked to take part in a 1-day workshop.
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Morte di Danton (Danton’s Death)
By Georg Büchner
Directed by Mario Martone

On stage: 16 – 28 May 2017

Danton’s Death is one of the most suggestive modern theatrical works written by Georg Büchner. The direction by Mario Martone creates a gigantic collective fresco with some thirty actors who, within the historical context of the French Revolution, present the contrast between the liberal, tolerant Danton and the uncompromising, furious Robespierre at its best. This is a current, yet classic show, including food for thought on the nature of the Revolution, the relationship between men and women, friendship, social class issues, determinism, materialism and the role that theatre itself plays.
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VOLKSTHEATER WIEN
Vienna, Austria
www.volkstheater.at


Nathan der Weise (Nathan the Wise)
By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Directed by Nikolaus Habjan

On stage: 6, 8, 16, 28 May; 2, 5, 7, 10, 14, 22 June 2017

Once again, people set fire to Nathan’s house while he was away on a business trip. His daughter Recha nearly died in this fire. On Nathan’s return he receives a message that Sultan Saladin wants to see him. The treasury is empty and the sultan wants to fill it with the Jew’s money. He sets a trap for Nathan, who avoids the pitfalls by telling a parable about the three monotheistic religions. Soon thereafter he is challenged in his role as a father. The Christian Templar who rescued Recha from the flames fell in love with the girl, but he feels rejected by Nathan. He then discovers that Recha is Christian and claims her for himself, which leads to denunciation and hate. Suddenly, Nathan is threatened in his existence and feels that he must be wise and smart to survive. He has one benefit on his side: storytelling can save lives. Director Nikolaus Habjan dives into his own version of Lessing’s drama for actors and puppets, whose plea for religious freedom and tolerance is now more relevant than ever. With English and Arabic surtitles.
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Philoktet
By Heiner Müller
Directed by Calle Fuhr

Preview: 6 May 2017
Premiere: 7 May 2017
On stage: 16, 24, 25 May 2017

The play by German playwright Heiner Müller refers to the Greek myth of Odysseus, who once left his wounded comrade Philoktet on a lone island. Ten years later, Odysseus and another comrade, Neoptolemos, return to the island to bereave Philoktet of his weapons. A rhetorical war between the three men is to begin: In which ways do people fight for their ideals? Philoktet is the debut of young director Calle Fuhr.
Dates in June
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Traiskirchen. Das Musical (Traiskirchen. The musical)
By Die Schweigende Mehrheit / Tina Leisch & Bernhard Dechant

Premiere: 9 June 2017
On stage: 15, 17 June 2017

In the summer of 2015, different people meet in the camp Traiskirchen: refugees who are in need of protection as well as political radicals, seers and politically short-sighted people. World-wide love stories, grotesque misunderstandings and political intrigues are interwoven with a comic, bold spectacle that addresses some of the urgent issues that will affect us in the years to come. The collective Die Schweigende Mehrheit (The Silent Majority) was founded in 2015 as a multilingual and international artistic-political intervention group. Their aim is to rock clichés and conventions and make way for new forms of political debates. 
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SHOWS WITH ENGLISH/FRENCH SURTITLES

Medea
By Franz Grillparzer
Directed by Anna Badora
With English surtitles
On stage: 12, 30 May 2017
Dates in June
The immigrant Medea does everything to accommodate herself to her husband Jason's homeland Greece. But she will not get rid of the barbarian's stigma, and their love ends in disaster.
 
The Misanthrope by Molière
Directed by Felix Hafner
With English supertitles
On stage: 13 May 2017
Dates in June
Alceste, the protagonist in Molière’s classic comedy, consistently rejects the superficial behaviour of his fellow-men. Can the love for Célimène, which perfectly rules the game of society, change the misanthrope?
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MALY THEATRE
Moscow, Russia
www.maly.ru

Talents and Admirers
By Alexander Ostrovsky
Directed by Vladimir Dragunov

Premiere: 23 April 2017
Venue: Historical stage
 
Written by Aleksandr Ostrovsky, the founding father of Russian theatre, «Talents and Admirers» is a story about the behind-the-scenes life in the theatre. The main character of the play is a young, talented actress Alexandra Negina in a provincial company who becomes the magnet for male attention. Despite the fact that this romantic satire was written in the late nineteenth century, the story seems to be quite topical today.
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Marriage
By Nikolai Gogol
An Improbable Occurrence in Two Acts
Directed by People’s Artist of the USSR, Artistic Director of the Maly Theatre Yuri Solomin

Premiere: Autumn 2017
Venue: Historical Stage

Irina Muravyova, Laureate of USSR State Prizes and Russian Federation Government Awards, Lyudmila Polyakova, Recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation Government,  Alexander Ermakov, Recipient of the Prize of the Russian Federation Government and Boris Kluyev, People’s Artist of Russia star in Yuri Solomin’s production of Gogol’s sparkling and hilarious farce about inept matchmaking and awkward courtship.
Join us for a fascinating production of classic Russian tale of arranged marriages.
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Tsar Boris
By Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
Directed by Vladimir Beylis

Premiere: September 2017
Venue: Historical stage
 
Tsar Boris is a strong-willed and wise governor. But there’s a secret that brought him to desired power…the crime…the crimson crime…and the day of reckoning is near… The Time of Troubles is inevitably coming… In his immortal work, Aleksey Tolstoy raises the eternal question of power, its purpose and its resources and addresses the issue «in the light of Conscience»…
 
«Tsar Boris» is the third and the final part of Tolstoy’s acclaimed historical drama trilogy started by «The Death of Ivan the Terrible» (1864) and continued by «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» (1868). All three plays became part of the Maly Theatre’s repertoire.
 
Featuring an all-star cast of the Maly Theatre and directed by People’s Artist of Russia Vladimir Beylis «Tsar Boris» is a renewed staging, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian historical dramatist.
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9 May, Ordynka stage — The Holiday Concert Dedicated to the Victory Day featuring artists and the orchestra of the Maly Theatre. 
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SCHAUSPIEL STUTTGART
Stuttgart, Germany

www.schauspiel-stuttgart.de

Arsenic and old lace
By Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Jan Bosse

Premiere: 10 June 2017
On stage: 15, 18, 24, 19 June and 1 July
Schauspielhaus

Under the pretence of charity, the sisters Abby and Martha Brewster release lonesome gents from of their—as they see it—miserable existence. Teddy, the women’s nephew regards himself as the president of the United States. He is digging the Panama Canal in the basement, in which the two ladies bury their victims. Naive Mortimer, a theatre critic and Teddy's brother seems to be the only normal person in this family of maniacs. When he coincidentally discovers the newest body, his skills as a crisis manager are needed. On top of that, as if this wouldn’t be enough, his highly criminal and internationally wanted brother, Jonathan, appears with his companion and surgeon, Dr. Einstein, who consistently reworks Jonathans face to ensure his disguise, both wanting to get rid of a body as well… In the meantime the police seems to be blind to the real crimes which are taking place right in front of their eyes. 
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Kasimir and Karoline
By Ödön von Horváth
Directed by Stefan Pucher

Premiere: 13 May 2017
On stage 18, 23 May and 1, 11, 30 June
Schauspielhaus

A climate of violence lies above the meadow of the Oktoberfest. The Great Depression is at its height. The economy is devastated. A Zeppelin flies over super slides, freak shows, beer tents and brass bands, promising an unimagined luck. Kasimir is a chauffeur. Having been fired yesterday and knowing that he has to go to the job center tomorrow; he decides to spend some good time with his bride, Karoline. Karoline gets her rocks off at the Volksfest, wants to eat ice cream and drive roller coasters, so the fun she has is a very expensive one. Kasimir has only 4 bucks left: “First I’ll get hammered and then I’ll hang myself,” he decides. Because the general crisis and private fate are inextricably connected, Karoline is looking for someone better. 
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The Misanthrope
By Molière
Directed by Wolfgang Michalek

Premiere on 7 July 2017
Foyer Schauspielhaus
 
Molière tells the drama of idealist and strict moral censor Alceste who claims for him and others to live a life without hypocrisy, but under the rules of honesty and veracity. In a world full of courtiers and bootlickers, there is no other option than failure for him.
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Festive day of the Open Society

On 17 June  2017
At the Nord
Admission free

We are full of optimism that we can shape with an open society a Europe that offers unification in diversity, solidarity in difference, a future for everyone and that lives. Therefore, we want to celebrate a holiday for Europe with you, friends, strangers, family, neighbors, newcomers and lingering people. Let’s celebrate with us together with walks, manifests, discussions, music, food, a theatre night and a party at the edge of nowhere.
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Linien.Grenzen.Räume
A project with citizens of Stuttgart and refugees

Final presentation on 9 June 2017
At the Nord

For 9 months, refugees, citizens of Stuttgart and artists of different disciplines created a performance with the topic of own and unknown spaces in a biographic and city-related context: How do I appropriate space? Which in- and exclusions do I need to make and how do we negotiate the available area? After an enacted city tour with students of architecture, writing workshops with author Sudabeh Mohafez and material experiments with visual artist Viyki Turnbull, the ensemble combines the results of their research in a production led by director Adelheid Schulz.

A production in cooperation of theater.prekariat and Schauspiel Stuttgart
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NATIONAL THEATRE OF NORTHERN GREECE
Thessaloniki, Greece
www.ntng.gr


Seven Against Thebes 
By Aeschylus
Directed by Giorgos Blanas
 
After the great success of last year, the ancient Greek drama production of the NTNG opens the Athens and Epidaurus International Festival on the 30th of June 2017 and will then tour all over Greece and abroad.
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 I Have Never Forgotten You
By Leon A. Nar
Directed by Mihalis Sionas
 
A musical performance about a love, which, after numerous adventures and albeit not consummated, demands justice. A play about the story of a famous singer; she sings on stage 13 Sephardic and rebetika songs, some of which are widely known in their Greek versions. A work that reminds us that most of us have at some point been migrants. It honours the history of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and reminds us that there was a time when Greek Orthodox Christians, Jews and Ottoman Muslims used to live in peace, like brothers.
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Salvatores Day
By Nikos Kazantzakis
Stage instructor Andreas Koutsourelis
 
A theatrical version of the famous work “Salvatores Dei” (The Saviors of God) by Nikos Kazantzakis, a text rich in meanings that expresses the metaphysical faith of the great Cretan writer.
The text belongs to Kazantzakis’ early works. Kazantzakis himself has argued that “Salvatores Dei” is a Cry and his whole work a comment that expresses his anguish to overcome the borders of the mind and to solve the mystery of existence.

Α flexible theatre performance that is going to be staged at selected venues
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1-13 July 2017 – “International Forest Festival” of the NTNG

Seven productions from Polland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Israel will take place at the venues of the NTNG.
Details will be soon announced.
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NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREECE
Athens, Greece
www.n-t.gr

Our Class 
By Tadeusz Slobodzianek

27 April 2017 – 28 May 2017
Ziller Building – Main Stage
 
A riveting examination of the lives of ten Polish schoolmates who share the same nationality but are divided by different religions. When Nazism invades their country, the relationships that have been created in the classroom collapse. Savagery and hatred take the place of coexistence and mutual support. Will time be able to heal these wounds? 
In this superb example of modern European drama written in 2009, the Polish playwright Tadeusz Słobodzianek blends a dispassionate account with scenes of high emotion to examine how moments in history mark the lives of individuals, bringing to the surface our hidden selves and rupturing the strongest human bonds.
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Operetta
By Witold Gombrowic
Directed by Nikos Karathanos

22 April 2017 – 28 May 2017
Rex Theatre – Kotopouli Stage
 
Count Charmant is planning to seduce the beautiful Albertine. His success sets in train a series of unexpected and outrageous events in which fashion and revolution coexist, and the corruption of clothing is contrasted with the innocence of nakedness.
The inspired, subversive and timeless Operetta, by the great Polish playwright Witold Gombrowicz, adopts the lightness of the musical genre after which it is named, debunking false political, moral and ideological maxims with merciless humour. At the same time, it exposes the absurdity of those who propound the superiority of simplicity and nakedness over the vacuity of ephemeral fashion.
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Tyrannosauruses at the Rex
Written and directed by Lena Kitsopoulou

11 May 2017 – 11 June 2017
Experimental Stage (-1) Rex Theatre – Katina Paxinou Stage
 
We are the Tyrannosauruses at the Rex Theatre on Panepistimiou Street, a group of people, a society of monsters, trying to survive with tiny atrophied hands that are too small to hug one another and are only good for pressing the buttons on various remote controls or mobile phones, sending messages that avoid the head-on collision with reality.
This production is about celebrating our tremendous need for communication through the path of our incapacity for it. A workaday story of endangered humanity. The human monster can fit into a small flat, even if he has to stick his tail out of the door and poke his enormous head through the window to get a breath of fresh air. They say that the Tyrannosaurus was a scavenger. And we too are picking over the bones of an already dead past while yearning for a probably dead future, terrifying those whom we approach.
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SECOND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ANCIENT GREEK DRAMA
DELPHI
16 – 30 JULY 2017
 
The aim of the workshop is the study and dissemination of ancient drama internationally, providing specialist knowledge to meet the highest professional requirements. The workshop will be led my director Michail Marmarinos, along with German set and costume designer Andrea Schmidt-Futterer and Russian academic Dmitry Trubotchkin. There will also be a masterclass run by the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Greece, Stathis Livathinos.
Possible applicants: professional actors, at least two years of experience as well as directors, set designers, costume designers, choreographers and theatre creatives who want to deepen their education by focussing on ancient drama. The workshop will be conducted in Greek and English. Participation fee: 400 euro. Find out more 
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PEACE
By Aristophanes
Directed by Konstantinos Arvanitakis
A musical performance, with music by Nikos Kypourgos

Epidaurus Festival 2017 – 21/22 July and tour in Greece
 
The great Greek composer Nikos Kypourgos and the talented young writer Dimosthenis Papamarkos have been commissioned by the National Theatre of Greece to write the music and libretto respectively for a musical adaptation of Aristophanes’ Peace, directed by the accomplished Konstantinos Arvanitakis. The role of Trygaeus is played by the unorthodox musician/actor Tzimis Panousis. The Armonia Atenea - The Friends of Music Orchestra will perform live during the performance under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor George Petrou. Peace was first presented at the City Dionysia festival in 421 BC. It won second prize, just a few days before the Peace of Nikias was signed, promising to end the Peloponnesian War. 
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Alcestis
By Euripides
Directed by Katerina Evangelatos

Epidaurus Festival 2017 – 28/29 July and tour in Greece
 
Director Katerina Evangelatos makes her Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus debut, tackling one of Euripides’ most intriguing and provocative tragedies, on commission by the National Theatre of Greece. Dramatizing the triumph of life over death, Alcestis (438 B.C.), Euripides’ oldest surviving work, is the subject of endless debates regarding its genre, as it contains both tragic and comical elements. The obvious Sophist influences of the play have triggered a series of moral questions about the nature of interpersonal relationships. What constitutes a proof of true love? What are the limits of devotion? Whose life is more valuable, and why? Can divine laws provide answers to any of these questions? And what about divine intervention changing the rules of the game?  
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HUNGARIAN THEATRE OF CLUJ
Cluj, Romania
www.huntheater.ro
                                                                    

Hormone (working title)
Directed by Ferenc Sinkó | Studio

Premiere: 6 May 2017
On stage: 14, 19 May
With English surtitles
 
After the success of #swansong, director and choreographer Ferenc Sinkó returns to the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj with a new production. Through the performance, the director explores the possibilities that arise in the context of people spending time together in a theatrical setting. The team is observing and listening to each other as spectators as well as performers but, more importantly, as people who are cohabitating in the same place for a set amount of time. They eavesdrop on other people's confessions and conversations, they examine the movement of bodies in interaction, but also in their privacy; they follow a group of people on their path of becoming a community – among themselves and with the audience itself. 
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The Blind
Based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s play
Directed by Botond Nagy

Premiere: 17 May 2017 | Main Hall studio format
On stage: 23, 28 May
With English surtitles
 
The Blind is a story about absence and abandonment. Essentially, these blind people are lovable, but they have lost their ability to believe. Perhaps they love. They are frightened. They are too frightened to face where they are in life. Who are they? What is it that they are left with at the end of their lives? Maeterlinck says that all things that die fall into a life. However, is there an event in our lives, in our own universe, that one waits for more than one’s own death? An event that feeds on our fears more? Then, is it worth to be afraid? As Maeterlinck’s characters say: “One must see in order to love... I sometimes dream that I can see... I only see when I am dreaming...”    
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A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Tom Dugdale

Premiere: 28 June 2017 | Studio
With English surtitles
 
A Streetcar Named Desire is an outrageous play, filled with outrageous dreams, dreamers, and violence – both physical and psychological. Each character (even Blanche) treats the others brutally, and each character (even Stanley) is victimized. Their brutality is amplified by the small apartment in which they are imprisoned. The play contains a vicious, inhuman impulse to destroy “the outsider”. In this sense, I see the play as an examination of shared space: will you shelter someone who desperately needs care, as Blanche does, or will you throw her back out on the street? Of course, this question has significant global and political importance today.
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Other Events
 
The Lower Depths Has Been Nominated For Uniter Awards In Two Distinct Categories
 
The Lower Depths which had its premiere in October 2016 has been nominated in two different categories for the Awards of the Romanian Association of Theatre Artists (UNITER): Best Director for Yuri Kordonsky, the director of The Lower Depths, and Best Actor in a Leading Part for Miklós Bács’s potrayal of Satine.
This year’s UNITER Awards Gala will be held on May 8, at the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre in Timişoara. 
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The Lower Depths And Julius Caesar Attending Theatre Festivals Around The World
 
The Lower Depths (directed by Yuri Kordonsky) will be featured on June 12 as a guest performance within the 24th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, followed by a June 14 performance within the competition of the National Theatre Festival of Pécs, the most important theatre festival in Hungary.
 
William Shakerspeare’s play Julius Caesar, which premiered in the autumn of 2015 under Silviu Purcărete’s direction, will be performed within important theatre festivals during the summer and autumn of 2017. Accordingly, at the end of July it will be included in the Festival de Teatro Clasico de Almagro in Spain, followed by an August rendition at The Gdańsk Shakespeare Festival, ending with three performances in mid-September at the Seul Performing Arts Festival, in South Korea.
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SFUMATO
Sofia, Bulgaria
sfumato.info


Optical illusions (Circus)
After texts by Daniil Kharms, Mikhail Bulgakov, Julian Tuvim
Adaptation and director Katja Petrova

On stage: 9 May 2017
 
The performance will be a non-classical model of circus. Navigating the rope when you do not step on the ground or you fall, but it does not matter; you juggle with your own thoughts or the thoughts of other people; a focus where you can disassemble the people of their parts and collect them, but when you collect them - they do not match. This will be a verbal experience to create a portrait of the human face and the human society in a critical moment of existence, in a time full of paradoxes and contradictions in which there is replacement of the value criteria. 
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Small Season Festival 
26 June – 5 July 2017

Created in 2005, this annual festival provides a space for young artists to showcase their work and experiment their ideas. It has established itself as the most active forum for unconventional art in Bulgaria, bringing together artists, new audiences, theatre experts and cultural managers. This year the festival will take place in context of increased "anxiety syndrome" due to crises of all kinds.
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The Bright Future of the Flea Market             
Based on the book “Second-Hand Time” by Svetlana Alexievich
Directed by Ivan Dobchev

On stage: 24 April, 13 May 2017 
  
We create a theatrical experience on the book "Second Hand Time" by Svetlana Alexievich. Documentary prose, heart-rending monologues/confessions of survivors from socialism, of victims realized that they live alongside their butchers. Tragic character or "savetshtina"/Soviet trash is "HOMO SOVIETICUS" created in the laboratories of Marxism-Leninism — that is the question we are trying to find the answer to. 
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Program Strindberg “To Damascus”
JULIE, JEAN AND KRISTINE
August Strindberg (“Fröken Julie”) 
Adapted and directed byMargarita Mladenova

On stage: 10 May 2017 and 6 June 2017 
At the International Theatre Festival “Varna Summer”

What happens to the human—notably after the wars—as he has stopped being an absolute object of civilization? He already isn’t in its centre. In these last phases there are other goals. This civilization of technology, of money has started to produce another type of human. The absurdity is that this civilization keeps him and he starts to destroy its foundations. This type and the procedure of its constitution is at the center of Strindberg. 
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The Dance of Death
By August Strindberg
Adapted and directed Margarita Mladenova

On stage: 17 June 2017

There are Medieval images of people dancing with Death dancing amongst them, or rather side by side. A plot filled with wise though bitter messages. The story of his characters Edgar, Alice and Kurt are decoding "live“ the hidden messages of that drawing, to reach us with intensity and passion. "The Dance of Death“ urges us to remember that human beings have been given a limited period of life on earth and that it is up to the individual to make the best of that life, given to one by any act of coincidence but as an opportunity and a gift. But something has happened to modern man. Man's great civilisational project has collapsed within the individual. The notion of God is being questioned; faith has given way to scepticism, love has been replaced by image, the memory of our forefathers has elapsed into amnesia, mutual trust has turned into suspicion and prejudice, we demand more of the world than of ourselves... 
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COMÉDIE DE REIMS
Reims, France

www.lacomediedereims.fr

MayDay
By Dorothée Zumstein
Directed by Julie Duclos

On stage: 16 – 18 May 2017
 
To write this play, Dorothée Zumstein was inspired by a scary incident: an 11-year-old English girl judged in 1968 for strangling two boys aged 3 and 4. From there, she built a succession of intimate portraits: Mary Bell adult rethinks Mary Bell child, mistreated by a mother prostitute, herself victim of the silence of her own mother ... Julie Duclos, relying on the strange and romantic mechanics of family secrets, depicts three generations of women and creates a disconcerting piece, touching on the fascination of the incomprehensible. MayDay is actually moving away from social melodrama to choose the path of psychoanalytic investigation.
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Bouvard et Pécuchet
Based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert
Adapted and directed by Jérôme Deschamps
 
Through this hilarious portrait of two single man, obsessive idiots and erudits, Jérôme Deschamps understood that Flaubert talks about us, our vain pretension to want to know everything, to live everything. The characters of this Bouvard and Pécuchet are all touching, tender and funny. And when the stupidity becomes tender, the memories of a Deschiens family immediately come again.
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La Tentation des pieuvres
A creation by Maguelone Vidal
 
A kitchen exploded on the four corners of the stage, large tables arranged like the tentacles of an octopus, a musician at each end, the spectators-guests take their seats, the chef gives the kick-off and the dinner show can begin. It’s a unique experience to live where all the senses are awake around a dish to share.
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SCHAUSPIELHAUS BOCHUM
Bochum, Germany
www.schauspielhausbochum.de

 
Kampf des Negers und der Hunde
By Bernard-Marie Koltès
Directed by Roger Vontobel

Premiere: 19 May 2017
On stage: 26, 27 May 2017
Kammerspiele

FAUST-award winner Roger Vontobel stages „Kampf des Negers und der Hunde“ by Bernard-Marie Koltès starring Jana Schulz in the role of Alboury. With his drama published in 1989, Koltès draws a panorama of society, which could not be more topical. The three characters thrown in a foreign environment – Horn (played by Werner Wölbern), Cal (Max Meyer) and Léone (Luana Velis) – suddenly have to deal with their worldviews being unhinged. As if out of a black nightmare, more than 1000 eyes seem to stare at them and torture their conscience. When they are forced to answer burning questions, their answers are nothing but fireworks.
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Alle meine Söhne (All my sons)
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Anselm Weber

Premiere: 20 May
On stage: 26, 31 May 2017
Schauspielhaus

With Arthur Miller’s “Alle meine Söhne” Anselm Weber’s presents his last production as artistic director of the Schauspielhaus Bochum. Arthur Miller’s famous drama tells the story of a modern family with the fateful inevitability of an antic tragedy. Joe Keller’s world is the work of his hands: He has built everything by himself. Almost forgotten is the disaster that struck the family three years ago: Larry, the eldest son, fought in the war as a combat pilot, since then he is listed missing. Only his mother Kate is convinced that her son is still alive. This is how a hot day in August begins. On this day Chris, the younger son, wants to present Larry’s former fiancée Ann as his future wife. He has to convince his mother that Larry is dead. While Joe Keller has to prevent a discovery that would cause his whole world to collapse. On this day Joe Keller will die.
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Hagar
A Globe Opera Performance by kainkollektiv
Directed by kainkollektiv

On stage: 29 July 2017
Kammerspiele

Hagar, “the strange woman”, is an equally important character in the Christian, Muslim and Jewish belief. As an Egyptian maidservant and one of Abraham’s secondary wives, she conceives Abraham’s son, Ismael, while Abraham’s wife Sara remains childless. When Sara finally gets pregnant and gives birth to Isaak, Hagar and Ismael are expelled and escape to the desert. Ismael, ancestor of the Arabs, becomes prophet of the Islamic world, while Isaak becomes protagonist of the Jewish and Christian world. Therefore, the history of the three religions can also be read as a complex family history.
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Us and Them: The Gaze of the Others
A week of events

From 3 to 11 June 2017, Schauspielhaus Bochum will be holding a week of events on the topics of populism, nationalism and the recent rise of xenophobia in Western nations. The week's title "Us and Them: The Gaze on the Other" references a central formula of populist movements: The division between a hypostatised notion of community ("we") and a projected outside ("them") serves to simplify the complexity of modern society and allows social frustrations and feelings of disempowerment to be channelled against minorities and political opponents. At the centre of this view is a rigid and defensive concept of identity. But what if we think of identity, to paraphrase the philosopher Kwame A. Appiah, as a process rather than an object? Is the formula of "us and them" a populist poison of political discourse, or can it be brought to fruition within the contemporary struggles for identity? The week-long event will bring together well-known historians, social psychologists, politicians and the interested public in a series of lectures, talks and open debates. The programme will be accompanied by theatre performances and film screenings. 
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TEATRUL BULANDRA
Bucharest, Romania
www.bulandra.ro


Coriolanus
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Alexandru Darie

Opening in May
 
Victorious on the field of battle against enemies of a government which he has defended time and time again, a general feels that he could and indeed should bcome active in politics and even be himself at the center of government. In a fast-paced rhythm based on a special directorial orchestration, Coriolan sets on center stage the fight for power of the main character and his ultimate end on the tragic altar of ambition and aggrandizement.
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On golden pond
By Ernest Thompson
Directed by Dinu Cernescu

Opening in May
 
In his play On Golden Pond, Ernest Thompson is approaching some delicate themes, like: age, fear, loneleness, communication or everyday family life struggle. The island, hosting Tom and Kate’s house is like an island of hope, facing the danger of disappearance. A nature disappearance, a family disappearance, a couple disappearance, in fact life extinction.
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VÍGSZÍNHÁZ
Budapest, Hungary
vigszinhaz.hu

A Song from Far Away
a confession

By Simon Stephens
Directed by István Szabó

New York. A winter’s day. Willem’s phone rings. His mother is calling to tell him that his brother died and he has to go home. A journey back to the old home. Arriving in Amsterdam. As Willem decides to write a letter to his deceased brother his memories storm him. The abandoned love left behind. His otherness and the life it created. As he is composing his letter he has to reconsider his life and his relationship with his cold and dismissive family. It dawns on him that his emotions and affections lead him somewhere totally different. With the brilliant young actor, László Józan in the leading role.
It is our great pleasure that we succeded in inviting Oscar winning film director, István Szabó, who has not worked in theatre for a long time, to direct this very personal and peculiar performance.
VÍGfilms

What happens when filmmakers are let loose in a theatre? They don’t simply see what’s behind the scenes, but also discover intriguing stories! Would you like to know how András Stohl learns his lines? Or what happens if you unwrap a sweet during András Kern’s monologue?
Dear Guests, we embarked on a great adventure! We made some short films. This unusual series shows the pleasures and agonies of the actors and the theatre staff, as seen through a mocking glass.
The film crew was directed by the talented, young student, Attila Hartung.
Look at your screen and you’ll find yourself in the theatre!
directed by Attila Hartung producer Enikő Eszenyi photography Dávid Hartung, Kristóf Deák 
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TEATRO NACIONAL SÃO JOÃO DO PORTO
Porto, Portugal
www.tnsj.pt

Festival DDD – Dias da Dança 2017
A Perna Esquerda de Tchaikovski
Written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues

On stage: 5, 6 May 2017
Teatro Nacional São João
 
Tchaikovsky’s left leg is the left leg of Barbora Hruskova, a Companhia Nacional de Bailado dancer who made her official farewell to the stage in June 2014. A Perna Esquerda de Tchaikovski [Tchaikovsky’s Left Leg] sets off from that melancholic yet liberating moment in which she took control of her own will and decided to abandon dance. Tiago Rodrigues, who wrote and directed this piece by invitation of the CNB, attempted to give dramatic form to “a generous, vulnerable and highly ironic gesture. The gesture that reveals a body that no longer obeys every order”. Pianist and composer Mário Laginha will play his music live, sharing the stage with Barbora, the dancer who once said that dancing was like having “storms blow through me”. 
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Festival DDD – Dias da Dança 2017
nicht schlafen (não dormir)
Directed by Alain Platel

On stage: 8, 9 May 2017
Teatro Nacional São João
 
Joyously, we welcome again the majestic and precarious art of Alain Platel, the Belgian choreographer who in 2009 visited the TNSJ stage with pitié!, a show in which a multitude of bodies, driven by the music of J.S. Bach, gave voice to the manifold voices of love. nicht schlafen [sleep not] places at its centre Gustav Mahler, the composer who was able to, seismographer-like, sense the acceleration and disruption that presaged World War I. While considering these first chords of the 20th century, the “vertigo years”, Platel recognised in them the state of confusion and uncertainty that marks our contemporaneity. nicht schlafen sets in motion a meditation on a timeless, inexhaustible subject: human suffering. 
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O Nosso Desporto Preferido – Futuro Distante
Written and directed by Gonçalo Waddington

On stage: 18 – 28 May 2017
Teatro Carlos Alberto

He wandered in search of lost time in Albertine, O Continente Celeste, a show the TNSJ co-produced and premiered in 2014. In O Nosso Desporto Preferido, Gonçalo Waddington sets out in search of the future, throwing us into a utopian and dystopian civilisational adventure he has split into four separate shows. O Nosso Desporto Preferido – Futuro Distante [Our Favourite Sport – Distant Future], the second chapter in this saga, imagines, a hundred thousand years from now, the Homo Sapiens Sapiens Sapiens Sapiens Sapiens Sapiens of a Type 3 Civilisation, as defined by the scale Russian astrophysicist Kardashev created to measure the technological development of a civilisation. 
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Macbeth
by William Shakespeare
directed by Nuno Carinhas

On stage: 1 – 22 June 2017
Teatro Nacional São João
 
With English surtitles
 
“What is thy name?”, asks one about to die. “Thou’lt be afraid to hear it”, replies one about to kill. For the first time in his career as stage director Nuno Carinhas takes on a work by William Shakespeare, and precisely the one that most seems to attract superlatives: Macbeth, the fastest, the most enigmatic, the most malignant and even the most moral of the tragedies created by he who dared to invent the human. “So foul and fair a day I have not seen”, says the hero (and villain) as he enters the stage, thus giving us a possible description of the so-called “Scottish play”, that territory haunted by evil rites, forebodings, bloody nights, sleeplessness, ghosts – and perhaps most of all by the question: what does it mean to be a man, to act like a man? 
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Inferno
By Dante Alighieri
Directed by João Brites

TeCA • 15 – 18 June 2017
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THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DU LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg
www.tnl.lu
 

Condename Ashcan 
Insights about the Allies’ first prison for Nazi leaders

World Premiere 

Camp Ashcan has been a unique case in history: never before have the most important civilian and military leaders of a defeated power been gathered in a single space. The exceptional information retrieved has allowed the Allies to bring them to justice in Nuremberg.

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