Reasons for Joy and Reflection: Engaging with Shakespeare at the Craiova Festival

Shevtsova, Maria. 2012. Reasons for Joy and Reflection: Engaging with Shakespeare at the Craiova Festival. New Theatre Quarterly, 28(4), pp. 352-362. ISSN 0266-464X [Article]

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The Craiova International Shakespeare Festival has been a major touchstone in Europe for theatre artists, theatregoers, and scholars for nearly two decades. This overview briefly situates the Festival historically, indicating the ideals and perspectives developed for it by its founder Emil Boroghina, former director of the National Theatre of Craiova. It identifies as well a number of the Festival's many highlights over the years, Romanian as well as international, and focuses on examples from the 2012 programme, including Silviu Purcarte's The Tempest and Robert Wilson's Shakespeare's Sonnets performed by the Berliner Ensemble. Attention is drawn to the presence at the successive editions of the Festival of productions directed by Purcarete, who established his career at the National Theatre of Craiova, to which Boroghina had invited him, and who won international fame after performances of his Ubu Rex with Scenes from Macbeth at the 1991 Edinburgh Festival.

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Emil Boroghina; Silviu Purcarete; Oskaras Korsunovas; Robert Wilson

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


November 2012Published

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22 Mar 2016 11:43

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03 Jul 2017 12:20

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