The Fourteenth World Theatre Festival will be held from 9 to 24 September, 2016 at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and will host three exceptional projects by European and international directors from the leading international theatre scenes.
The festival will be opened on 9 September, 2016 with the show The Marriage of Maria Braun by the famous German theatre author Thomas Ostermeier, created from a screenplay by the cult German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, performed by the Berlin theatre Schaubühne. The play will be staged again on 10 September, 2016 at 6 p.m.
The famous German director Thomas Ostermeier is a permanent guest of the World Theatre Festival. Domestic audiences have had the opportunity to see his contemporary stage readings of several drama classics; Ibsen’s Nora (2003), Shakespeare’s Hamlet (2008) and Othello (2011) and Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (2013). Ostermeier has been managing the famous Berlin theatre Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz since 1999. The Marriage of Maria Braun is the first part of the trilogy Fassbinder (Lola and The Longing of Veronika Voss) about post-war Federal Republic of Germany, metaphorically embodied in female protagonists. It became one of the most prominent representatives of the new German film in Europe and helped him achieve full worldwide recognition.
The World Theatre Festival will continue on 20 September, 2016 with the project Time’s Journey through a Room by the author Toshiki Okada performed by the theatre group chelfitsch. Okada, one of the key authors of contemporary Japanese theatre, in his latest project, referring to the elegance of the Japanese Noh theatre, creates a world in which the world of the living and the dead come into conflict, and shows the living envy of those who died in hope. In the wake of his earlier studies of musical forms in which the original music overlaps with the actors’ voices, Okada collaborates with the visual artist Tsuyoshi Hisakado to create a sound box on the scene based on the recorded sound of the living space. During the performance of the play Time’s Journey through a Room, the two artists lead the audience even further, providing them an opportunity to experience the relationship between the invisible sound, body language and space. The play will be performed twice on the same day, at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
World Theatre Festival will end on 23 and 24 September with two performances of the play Tristesses, a musical theatre project produced by the company Das Fräulein, which focuses on the relationship between power and sadness. Using the methods of detective stories and political comedy, the author Anne-Cécile Vandalem investigates with humour one of the worst political weapons today: the manipulation of mass grief. Through a film-like designed scene, she throws the spotlight on the power of the media and the way propaganda operates, openly or in the shade, hidden. Tristesses, along with the video installation Still too sad to tell you, make a diptych on the subject of grief, which was created by Anne-Cécile Vandalem.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.hnk.hr until 29 August, and from 29 August also at the Box office of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.