Our April array of stelar artists looks like this: Silviu Purcărete, Jan Lauwers and Alvis Hermanis.
Silviu Purcărete is one of the most famous Romanian theater directors, having an impressive career that has brought him appreciation beyond the borders of his native country. He worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Nottingham Playhouse (England), Burgtheater (Austria), Det Norske Teatret (Norway), São João National Theater (Portugal), “Katona József” Theater in Budapest, National Theater of Budapest and Csokonai Theater in Debrecen (Hungary), La Comédie de Saint-Etienne (France), Vakhtangov Theater of Moscow and Baltic House Theater Company of Sankt Petersburg (Russia), Tokyo Metropolitan Theater (Japan), as well as for the Opera houses in Bonn, Glasgow, Cardiff, Vienna, Nancy, Essen. Renowned for his special style that turns any performance into a powerful and cathartic experience, Silviu Purcărete shows a real interest especially for the “classical” literary repertoire, approaching various patterns that consist of ancient tragedies. The famous “Faust” (after Goethe) has already become an indisputable performance of the Romanian and international stage in the last decades.
Constantin Chiriac about stelar Jan Lauwers: „one of the most provocative figures of European theater, presenting a performance at the Sibiu International Theater Festival for the third time,
Jan Lauwers was awarded a Star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame for his 30 years as pioneer between “playing” and “performing”, for his extremely special creation appreciated by European audiences and critics through countless prizes.”
Alvis Hermanis was recently named among the ten most influential European theater personalities of the last ten years by DU Magazine, Swiss periodical for arts and culture. Mr. Hermanis currently works with major European theater companies, including Burgtheater Vienna, Schaubuehne Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele and Schauspielhaus Zurich; and in opera houses including La Scala Milano, State Opera Berlin, and La Monnaie Brussels.Hermanis’s theater productions have been presented at major theater festivals ranging from Avignon to Edinburgh, and have toured to more than 40 countries. His many accolades include the Europe Prize New Theatre Realities, the Stanislavsky Award, two Golden Mask Awards (Moscow), Max Reinhardt Pen (Salzburg Festspiele), Nestroy Preis (Austria), and the Konrad Wolf Award (Germany). He has been artistic director of The New Riga Theatre since 1997.