Estonian Theatre Festival 2014. The Art of Presence.
22.07.2014

Drama festival tickets went on sale

Starting from July 1, tickets for the Estonian theatre festival Drama 2014 which takes place on September 1-7 in Tartu and is titled “The Art of Presence” are available for purchase.

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July 1, 2014
Drama festival tickets went on sale

Starting from July 1, tickets for the Estonian theatre festival Drama 2014 which takes place on September 1-7 in Tartu and is titled “The Art of Presence” are available for purchase.

The curator of the festival Tõnu Õnnepalu together with his team which consists of Maarja Helena Meriste, Priit Põldma and Kaarel Kuurmaa, chose eight productions for the main programme: Ingomar Vihmar’s “Guest” (Estonian Drama Theatre), Lembit Peterson’s “I Am Wind” (Theatrum), Alo Kõrve’s “Four Seasons” (Tallinn City Theatre), Ari Numminen’s “Petroskoi” (Telakka/Vanha Juko/Rakvere Theatre), Renate Valme “Pure Mind” (Kompanii Nii and Tartu New Theatre), Maria Peterson’s “Dove” (NPO Arhipelaag), Andres Noormets’s “Silence” (Endla Theatre) and Ivan Strelkin’s “Good Luck” (Russian Drama Theatre of Estonia).

The side programme of this year’s festival concentrates on poetry theatre. For a week, a new theatre is opened in the church of the University of Tartu – Teatro Poetico where one-of-a-kind premieres of poetry productions take place. Among others, Pääru Oja, Aleksander Eelmaa, Kristiina-Hortensia Port, Mait Joorits, theatre arts students from Viljandi Culture Academy, Taavi Eelmaa, Jim Ashilevi and Maike Lond take the stage.

“Teatro Poetico is a theatre which lives only for a week but it is created with the hope that it will leave a mark on the Estonian theatre scene. The aim is to bring poetry back to the theatre not only in the form of reading poems or singing but also on a wider and deeper scale through promoting a more sensitive and poetic attitude towards the word. If the word is alive, then there is poetry even in the most commonplace of productions. This is something that Teatro Poetico wants to remind people and whisper into their ears in the midst of the festival hustle and bustle,” explains the writer and author of the idea behind Teatro Poetico, Tõnu Õnnepalu.

In addition to all that, the festival offers all theatre fans a unique opportunity to watch the productions of the programme “Stoppard in Estonia”.

The obvious incentive behind devoting a whole programme to Stoppard is the recent unprecedented wide-scale cooperation between Estonian theatres - last year, four theatres worked together to stage Stoppard’s trilogy “The Coast of Utopia”, which was published in 2002. “The Coast of Utopia” is both a philosophically and romantically enchanting story about the dreams, fights and surrender of a generation of Russian intellectuals. Priit Pedajas’s production “Journey” and Elmo Nüganen’s “Shipwreck” are played by the joint troupes of Tallinn City Theatre and Estonian Drama Theatre and Heiti Pakk’s “Salvage” is performed by the joint troupes of Ugala and Vanemuine theatre. The festival offers its audiences a unique opportunity to follow Stoppard’s story which spans 33 years in one day and to compare three unique productions.

Ardent theatre fans can embark on a true theatre marathon and watch all three parts of Stoppard’s “The Coast of Utopia” back to back. The festival has organised transportation and catering to make sure that the marathon goes smoothly. All parts of “Utopia” can also be watched separately on their own. Further information about the prices and packages can be found on the festival webpage draama.ee

In addition to “The Coast of Utopia”, the theatrical treat of Üllar Saaremäe’s production of “Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” is also included in the Stoppard programme.

The tickets to the festival are available for purchase at Piletilevi ticket vendors and on piletilevi.ee starting from July 1. Additional information can be found at fraama.ee

The festival is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.