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18 Sep 2017

Student theater groups from nine countries to gather in Minsk for Kufar festival

MINSK, 18 September (BelTA) – Student theaters from nine countries will take part in the international theater festival Teatralny Kufar. BSU 2017, BelTA learned from the press service of Belarusian State University (BSU).

The festival is going to draw 21 student theaters from Belarus, Russia, the UK, Poland, Serbia, Chile, Bulgaria, the Philippines, and Tunisia. Belarus will be represented by seven theater teams. The festive program is expected to feature over 200 artists.

This year the biennale of plastic arts Kufar_plastilin will take place as part of the festival. Another highlight will be the professional one-man guest show I Want To Be With You written and performed by head of Maat Projekt Theatre Tomasz Bazan (Lublin, Poland).

The festival’s signature project Kufar-in-Motion is going to be among this season's most spectacular events. The concept is about the director improvising a short show over the course of several rehearsals. Every artist will be able to take part in the performance. The unique one-off play will be held during the closing ceremony. This year the choreography show will be directed by Yelena Rusina (St Petersburg).

The playbill also features shows by Belarusian State University which is set to present a work directed by Anna Sulim and inspired by Vsevolod Meyerhold’s documentary materials and legacy. The Moscow drama theater Modern will perform Three Sisters by Chekhov. The student theater Na Balkone (BSU) is going to play The Love of People by the young writer Dmitry Bogoslavsky. The festival’s stage will see heroes of Vampilov, Shakespeare, and Ivanov played by actors of other theaters, and performances in English, Spanish, Serbian, Polish, and Russian.

The Big Kufar, the main prize of the festival, will be presented to the winner of the audience voting. The jury will announce the best amateur and the best professional play.

First held in 2004, Teatralny Kufar is an annual theater festival that aims to unite gifted and enterprising youth from across the globe. Since 2004, it has brought together theaters from 45 countries. This is the only international festival of student theaters in Belarus and one of the most famous events in Eastern Europe.


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