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13 Apr 11

Skopje Theatre Festival Looks to Shed Masks

Skopje's fourth annual international festival of alternative and experimental theatre, dubbed “Faces without masks”, opens on Wednesday and will feature juggling, dancing, music and more.

Maja Nedelkovska

The producer of the festival, Miodrag Kostic, told media that this year's festival is devoted to the need to toss aside the masks from our faces and lives, and to look at reality as it is.

“Those three performances show exactly that. They will try to show us how to live realistically, without masks and illusions of reality,” Kostic explains.

The festival, which runs until Friday, will open at the Universal Hall in Skopje with the play “Commedia della Basque”, which stars American actress Iman Lizarazu.

During the performance, Lizarazu will juggle, dance, perform physical theatre and pantomime, and joke about human flaws.

"Circle, a play from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Pristina, aims to break down the stereotypes related to the love between man and woman. Director and choreographer Agnes Nokshiqi, along with her students, provide a play full of dance and interesting visual effects.

“'Circle" pulls no punches as it examines sexual politics with total frankness,” the festival catalogue says.

On the last night of the theatre event, the Akant theatre from Sofia will perform the play “Mene tekel fares”, a musical performance. The piece looks at human merits and flaws, about loneliness and the human need for friendship and communication with others.

This year’s festival won't feature a competition, because there are only three plays on the programme. Festival organisers faced some difficulty organising the event, but chose to hold the festival nevertheless in order to maintain its continuity.

“These three performances are of exceptional value and are exclusive,” festival selector Igor Ivkovic told Balkan Insight.

Ticket price is 150 denars, and all plays will be held at the Universal Hall in Skopje. The festival is organised by “Splung authors” in cooperation with the Universal Hall.

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