In 1961, Bertrand Poirot-Delpech saw in this play "the most accomplished of modern tragedies". Ionesco's third play, created in 1952, is now an undeniable success. The subject of The Chairs is, as the author says, "the ontological void": but it is also a personal drama, the mirror of a conscience. One finds in it the nostalgia of childhood, the feeling of guilt, the horror of old age and death. It is still a comedy which, very often, excites laughter by its clowning, its puns, its parodies, its pirouettes. It is a ballet: that of chairs piled up in the accelerated movement of a fantastic whirlpool, and which remain empty.
Gábor Tompa is an internationally renowned Romanian and Hungarian theater and film director, poet, essayist and teacher. He is the general and artistic director of the Hungarian Theatre in Cluj, founder and artistic director of the International Theatre Festival Interferences in Cluj and President of the Union of Theatres of Europe (UTE).
Patrick Le Mauff is an actor and director. At the end of the 1970s, he co-founded the Attroupement company with Denis Guénoun and Bernard Bloch, and then the Attroupement 2. He then founded the Place Publique company where staged Brecht, Turini, Schoenberg. At the same time, he leads a career as an actor, in theater and cinema. Regularly associated with the creations of Wajdi Mouawad, whose emergence he supported in Europe, Patrick Le Mauff plays in Littoral and Forêts. From 2000 to 2006, he directed the Francophonies en Limousin festival.
Romanian-born actress Oana Pellea has received numerous awards for her work in theater and film. Born in Bucharest in 1962, she studied at the Romanian Academy of Theatre and Cinema before acting in numerous theatre and film productions. Most recently, Oana Pellea won the Best Actress Award from the Union of Romanian Theatres (UNITER) and received the Romanian Cultural Foundation's Award for Outstanding International Career. She has had the honor of representing Romania in several international theater festivals, including the annual festival of the European Union of Theaters.
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Union des Théâtres de l'Europe gathered, in the last 3 decades, some of the most important European theatres and artists. Through festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, masterclasses, cooperation projects, the UTE help create a continuous flow between West and East, between generations, between tradition and innovation. Our celebration is inspired by this rich history. With the help of the Interferences International Theatre Festival, we wish to remember some of the best performances presented at past editions of the UTE festival and look forward to new horizons.