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Get enthralled with 100 performances at Istanbul Theatre Festival

by amit.uniyal 11. April 2014 07:38

Theatre lovers get ready for an exciting event in Istanbul in May-June this year. The 19th edition of the famous Istanbul Theatre Festival is round the corner. So, book your flights to Istanbul today and attend the festival between May 9 and June 5, 2014.

The Istanbul Theatre Festival is being held under the title “New Wave”. The festival will host 100 performances to be staged at different venues across the city. The venues include Üsküdar Tekel, Üsküdar Studio, Sisli Blackout, Salon, Sainte Pulcherie French High School, Harbiye Muhsin Ertugrul Stage, Moda Stage, Kenter Theater, ikincikat-karaköy, Haldun Taner Stage, DOT, Cevahir Stage, and Bisahne.

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This year the festival will be marking the 450th birth anniversary of Shakespeare. The renowned theater group Propeller Theater Company will be specially staging five performances based on Shakespeare’s plays such as “The Comedy of Errors”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hamlet”. These shows will be held throughout the festival. Local theatre groups will be staging other Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and “King Lear” throughout the duration of the festival.

Turkey and Poland will mark 600 years of their diplomatic relations. The Istanbul Theatre Festival will also celebrate the longstanding ties between the two countries. Four exclusive performances will be held on the occasion.

The world premier of “Proust-Pamuk-Bellek”, a play produced by Opole Theater will be hosted at the festival. This play was written and produced by Emre Koyuncuoglu and Krzysztof Garbaczewski from the novels of Orhan Pamuk and Marcel Proust.

Among various other programs, the Istanbul Theatre Festival will also host performances by 35 Turkish dance and theatre companies for the first time. The important performances to be staged include “The Adventures of Latif Effendi: The First Ottoman Vampire”, “The Last Unicorn”, “Montserrat”, “The Empire Builders”, “Hamlet Machine” and many others.

The “Oyun Salonu” project, which was originally conceptualized through the joint collaboration of the Istanbul Theater Festival and the staff of Salon, will continue during this edition as well like previous years. Four theater companies will be staging the plays at Salon, to be hosted as part of “Oyun Salonu” project.

The audience at the festival can also look forward to staging of the play “An Enemy of the People” taken from Henrik Ibsen piece written by renowned German director Thomas Ostermeier.

Prof. Dikmen Gürün, who was Istanbul Theater Festival director from 1993 to 2013, will be presented with the first honorary award. The other two recipients of honorary awards this year include Edward Hall, Propeller Theater Company’s art director, and Grzegorz Jarzyna, director of a Polish theatre.

The Istanbul Theater Festival has been attracting a large number of visitors from Turkey and other countries around the world. This year as well the festival expects the participation of many visitors. The other highlights of the festival that you may look forward to include workshops, documentary screenings, films and Q&A sessions.
 
The Istanbul Theatre Festival is being organized ever since 2004 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV). The festival is being held continuously since its inception and aims at promoting Turkey’s art and culture through educational programs and workshops.

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