Zagreb Theatre Festival
Since its beginnings, Zagreb Theatre Festival has been recognized by theatre professionals and the Zagreb audience.
The festival wrestles with esthetical (and political) dilemmas through the act of theatre - a festival that celebrates contemporary creations that belong to a wider European cultural community. These directors and their companies continue the common adventure towards a single theatre which eliminates the expected and removes certainty and uniformity found in traditional theatre. ZTF is altogether a different social and esthetic experience. Polemics and conflicts have only underlined its status and the need for ZTF which struggles for the affirmation of public awareness and artistic consciousness.
ZTF is legitimatized by presenting the works of directors such as Robert Lepage, Pjotr Fomenko, Jozef Nadj, Luc Bondy, Eugenio Barba, Thomas Ostermeier, Antonio Latella, Andrej Ĺ˝oldak, Rezo Gabriaze, Krystian Lupa, Eimuntas Nekrošius, François-Michel Pesenti, Rimas Tuminas, Pippo Delbono... and Peter Brook, Lev Dodin, Oskaras Koršunovas, Jan Fabre, Danio Manfredini. Every edition of the World Theater Festival host productions by some of the world's most celebrated theatre directors. The plays are staged in second part of September at the Zagreb Youth Theatre (ZKM), the Croatian National Theatre (HNK), the Zagreb Puppet Theatre, as well as at Zagreb Fair by theatrical troupes from many countries.
This year, for the first time, Croatian audiences will be able to see works by authors such as Christoph Marthaler and Heiner Goebbels - German directors who set trends in European theatre. Christoph Marthaler's “Fruit Fly” is produced by the Berlin Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg-Platz, whereas Heiner Goebbels's play “Stifter's Things” is performed by the Théâtre Vidy Lausanne.
Since the World Theater Festival takes pride in presenting only the best theater achievements, characterized by high quality and innovativeness, this year's edition will certainly present a special treat for dramatic art lovers from Croatia and abroad.
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