2012 Interferences Festival

“Voices in Dialogue”

27 November – 9 December 2012


Under the title “Voices in dialogue”, the 2012 INTERFERENCES International Theatre Festival was dedicated to the exploration of “the long-lasting relation between theatre and music”. The festival’s programme featured performances by 14 invited theatre companies as well as performances produced by the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj.


Seven shows created by UTE members were included in the programme.

Silviu Purcărete, individual-member of the UTE, presented three performances at the Festival: Gianni Schicchi (Hungarian Theatre of Cluj), Exit the King (Les Arts et Mouvants, France) and Gulliver’s Travels (Radu Stanca National Theatre Sibiu).

The Yugoslav Drama Theatre (Jugoslovensko Dramsko Pozorište) from Belgrade, Serbia, UTE member since 2006, presented Elijah's Chair (directed by Boris Liješević).

The Habima – National Theatre of Israel from Tel Aviv, UTE Member since 2006, presented The Promised Land (directed by Shay Pitovski).

The National Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic (Národní divadlo), UTE member since 2009, presented Crazy Day, or the Marriage of Figaro (directed by Michal Dočekal).

The Theatre Laboratory Sfumato, from Sofia, Bulgaria, UTE member since 2011, presented Julie, Jean and Kristin (directed by Margarita Mladenova).


As the host of INTERFERENCES 2012, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj from Romania, UTE member since 2008, presented Miss Julie (directed by Felix Alexa), Leonida Gem Session (directed by Gábor Tompa), Hedda Gabler (directed by Andrei Şerban), Ruins True Refuge (directed by Gábor Tompa), and Celebration (directed by Robert Woodruff).


"One of the greatest joys of being a festival director is getting to invite performances by creators whom I admire", said festival director Gábor Tompa at the opening of the INTERFERENCES 2012 International Theatre Festival. Gábor Tompa also mentioned that the title of the event refers to the fact that, among other things, Cluj is positioned at the interferences of three cultures. "Interferences is the best word to describe Cluj-Napoca", affirmed mayor Emil Boc, who added that the Festival has become the city's calling card and a reliable brand for the Cluj-Napoca.


In addition to the performances, the festival included book launches, workshops, discussions with the creators of the performances, opera projections, concerts, and parties at a new location, the TIFF-House.


Georges Banu, as a special guest at the festival (who contributed to creating the motto for this year’s edition, "Dialogue between Voices"), presented his new book, From Talking to Singing, published in two languages (Hungarian and Romanian) by Koinónia Publishing House. From Talking to Singing is a collection of essays and interviews and has its origins in the fact that when talking seems to be insufficient, singing can replace it efficiently. Georges Banu mentioned that there are several differences between the different language editions of the book, so the volume realizes a true dialogue between arts, cultures and voices.


Participants of the UTE Decentralized Academy had the opportunity to work with Romanian composer Iosif Herţea in the context of a workshop for young actors and theatre professionals entitled “Scenic Music”.



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