Three foreign companies to perform in Butrint theatre festival

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 17, 2015 10:05

Three foreign companies to perform in Butrint theatre festival

TIRANA, July 16 - The Bulgarian Army Theatre will open the 13th edition of the Butrint international theatre festival which is making its comeback after last year's absence with a limited number of shows due to lack of financial support.

Alfred Bualoti, the festival's director, says this year's edition, scheduled to be held from July 18 to 22 at the amphitheatre of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Butrint, will showcase only three performances by foreign theatres,

"The festival's 13th edition will bring on stage five performances from Italy, Bulgaria, Macedonia and two from Albania which will be represented with The True Apology of Socrates monodrama by veteran actor Mirush Kabashi  and Sophocles' Electra directed by Laert Vasili," says Bualoti.

Italy's Silence Teatro company will stage the "Voci Straniere," (Strange Voices) play directed by Luigi Pezzotti on the festival's second night on July 19 while Macedonia's Skopje Theatre of Comedy will perform Aristophanes "Lisystrata" directed by Natasha Poplavska on July 21.

The Butrint 2000 is an annual theatre festival that takes place on a historic site in the ancient Albanian town of Butrinti, on the shore of Lake Butrint. The festival started in 2000 and has presented works by Albanian artists, as well as more than 50 European and American companies. The festival is also an initiative to promote cultural tourism in Albania, and Butrint, the largest Albanian archeological park, which has been under UNESCO protection since the early 1990s after the collapse of communist regime.

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint has been the site of a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Following a period of prosperity under Byzantine administration, then a brief occupation by the Venetians, the city was abandoned in the late middle Ages after marshes formed in the area. The present archaeological site is a repository of ruins representing each period in the city's development.

Excavations have brought the light to many objects - plates, vases, ceramic candlesticks - as well as sculptures including a remarkable 'Goddess of Butrint' which seems to completely embody, in the perfection of its features, the Greek ideal of physical beauty.

 

Festival program

July 18, 21:30  

The Bulgarian Army Theatre will perform "The Decameron" directed by Giovanni Boccaccio

July 19, 21:30 

Italy's Silence Teatro from Bergamo will perform the "Foreign Voices" directed by Luigi Pezzotti.

July 20, 21:30 

Albania's Aleksander Moisiu theatre in Durres will perform Sophocles' Electra directed by Laert Vasili

July 21, 21:30

Macedonia's Skopje Theatre of Comedy will perform Aristophanes' "Lisystrata" directed by Natasha Poplavska

July 22, 21:30

Albania's veteran actor Mirush Kabashi will perform "The True Apology of Socrates" monodrama

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times July 17, 2015 10:05