Ibero-American Theater Festival
The Iberoamerican Theater Festival (FITB) is one of the largest theater festivals in the world. It takes place in Bogota, Colombia, every two years.
FITB became a reality in 1988. It was founded by Fanny Mikey and Ramiro Osorio, and launched as part of the 450th anniversary of the founding of Bogota, with the slogan, An Act of Faith in Colombia. One of its original goals was to foster the integration of Latin American artists and countries before the world. Fourteen years later, it is acknowledged worldwide as one of the largest international events of its kind. This biannual celebration of life is Colombias most important cultural event. It presents artists from the five continents and has a profound social impact that transforms and enriches the life of the countrys citizens.
Throughout its 18-year history, the FITB has been committed to presenting diverse work and to promoting plurality, tolerance and the harmonious interaction of all nations. It is a multidisciplinary event that showcases and celebrates all genres of the performing arts: it includes theater, dance, circus, music, puppetry, pantomime, multimedia and performance art. Through the presence of companies and artists from around the world, FITB has fostered an unprecedented development of the performing arts in Colombia.
Bogota is all decked out for the celebration. Squares, parks, suburbs, coliseums, shopping centers, big tops and unconventional spaces are the home to shows, street theatre and parades. The theatre for open spaces has astonishingly captivated huge popular audiences with shows that have had enormous social, visual and poetic impact representing many diverse trends. Audiences ranging between 4000 and 8000 people per show have exceeded all forecasts during the last Festival. The decentralizing and staging of massive shows all around the city has been one of the fundamental objectives of FITB since its beginnings.
As a meeting place for the guest artists and their audiences, The Cabaret Big Top gave a fantastic program every night to give free rein to music, rumba and the best cabaret shows and musical revues.
FITB also has an ongoing commitment to the education of the general public and to updating the craft and knowledge of Colombian performing arts professionals. For this reason, FITB provides a space for meeting, exchange and reflection that is open to the artistic community during the Festival. FITB offers workshops, courses, seminars, colloquia and forums held by directors, actors, dramatists, producers and other theatre professionals from around the world. This project brought together well over 8000 participants in 2002.
10 Years after
Shows from the five continents will be in Colombia at the opening of the X Iberoamerican Theater Festival of Bogota. For 17 days, Bogota will be featuring The World on the Stage with the best of the scenic arts from over 45 countries. Classic, dance, avant-garde, circus, music and street theater productions will take place in auditoriums, parks, coliseums and streets of Bogota, as well as the bull-fighting ring and Corferias turned into a Theater City.
The world most important companies and the most recognized directors will be attending with productions gathering all the contemporary tendencies of the scenic arts. Thus, we will find the Austrian Burgtheater's Babel; the Hungarian Katona Jozsef's Ivanov, Hamlet and The Tempest of Lluis Pacual. Also a staging of The Triumph of Love by the Bulandra Theater of Rumania; The cousin of Pantagruel of Silviu Purcarete from France; The Chinese Opera with City of Thebes. Even Eva Yerbabuena, the visceral Spanish flamenco dancer will be present, among others.
Russia was chosen as Guest of Honor, as it is the cradle of modern theater, the country where the art of theater was renovated and reconsidered, opening the horizon to contemporary scenic arts. Additionally, having gathered and projected this tradition, the Balkans represented by Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia will be special guests. Therefore, we will be able to enjoy The three sisters staged by the Chejov International Festival and directed by Declan Donnellan. Additionally, there will be The Coat by Valery Fokin, War and Peace directed by Piotr Fomenko; the vanguard version of Queen Margot of Mlandisko of Slovenia. An impeccable House of Bernarda de Alba will be arriving from Macedonia, and even the tenderness and the knowledge of a tradition of dolls, represented by the Potudan Theater will make the delights of all. There will also be gypsy music, Slavic cuisine and the striking Belgrade National Ballet, among many other surprises. Workshops, magisterial classes, conferences, and meetings with directors, playwrights and artists will compose the Especial Events, that for this occasion will have as their motto The importance of Theater and the Russian School in the World. For this reason, and because they are the protagonists of an academic space, great masters such as Stanislavski, Chejov and Meyerhold, among others, and their contribution, will be studied. The Festival will also pay Tribute to Pina Baush and Meter Brook. People will be able to participate in workshops with the technical directors of the outstanding companies participating, and hold dialogues with the directors of Colombian and Latin American troupes present.
Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Colombia (Spanish/English) Official site.
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