FIBA - International Buenos Aires Theater Festival

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Organized by the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, the International Buenos Aires Festival (Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires -FIBA), will take place between September 17th  and October 4th, 2015.

FIBA takes place every two years, featuring diverse artistic expressions through theater, dance and musical theater. FIBA offers special free activities such us open talks with artists, workshops and masterclasses, films, and books presentations.

International Productions:
This year´s FIBA welcomes two great European artists performing in the City for the first time. Belgian Ivo van Hove, director of leading Dutch theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam, and fellow countryman Jan Lauwers with the Needcompany. The former brings Opening Night, a production combining theatre and cinema, based on the film of the same name by John Cassavetes. 
Another company debuting this year is Australia’s Back to Back Theatre, made up of actors with and without a disability, who perform Ganesh versus the Third Reich. From Spain, Catalan company Agrupación Señor Serrano, winner of a Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale 2015, presents Brickman Brando Bubble Boom: a dynamic format mixing performance, text, video, sound and installations. Choreographer Sol Picó returns to the Festival with We Women, a piece co-produced by FIBA and Festival Grec. France participates with three shows. Groupe F opens the Festival with À Fleur de Peau, a stunning open-air spectacle combining projected images, sound and fireworks.
Argentine Rodrigo García, current director of Centre Dramatique National de Montpellier, presents Gólgota Picnic. Director and actor Arthur Nauzyciel offers a reading of Allen Ginsberg’s KADDISH. Special mention deserves the version of Verdi’s opera Macbeth created by South African director Brett Bailey: a touching. Argentine-born, Berlin-based Constanza Macras brings one of her most recent works, The Past, in which dancers explore the relationship between space and memory. Cuba visits us with Antigonón. Un contingente épico, by Rogelio Orizondo; while Chile and Peru bring Castigo and La cautiva, respectively.

National Productions:
With every edition of FIBA, the amount of works submitted in response to the call for national productions increases. This year submissions reached a record number of 460. As a result, the 16 works selected cover a wide range of trends, languages, aesthetics and generations. Text-based, puppet and object theatre, circus, clown, collective creations, dance, dance-theatre, dramatized concerts, music theatre, installations, performances, projects from young to established artists form a mosaic that reflects the variety and vitality of the local scene.

Additional Activities:
* Two contemporary dance shows will premiere this year at the Festival as a result of winning the Co-Production Prize held jointly by 10 FIBA and VIII Festival Buenos Aires Danza Contemporánea.
* A series of four lectures based on the Ciclo Invocaciones, created by Mercedes Halfon and Carolina Martín Ferro, in which four theatre directors from Buenos Aires engage in a dialogue with four
other directors of 20th century theatre.
* In the year commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Kantor, FIBA joins the celebration of the life and work of the great Polish artist with various activities, jointly with the Embassy of Poland in Buenos Aires. 
* Lectures: at the end of international performances, there will be post-show discussions where the main figures (performers and directors) will take the stage to converse with the audience. In addition, the section will offer open talks, performing experiences and workshops.
* The film section returns to serve as a bridge between two arts that are very much related.
* Book presentations

Tickets for the shows on sale at:
September 3 to September 17:
Casa de la Cultura, Av. de Mayo 575, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 8 pm.
Teatro Colon, Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm. Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

Starting September 18:
Teatro Municipal General San Martin, Av. Corrientes 1530, Every day 10 am to 10 pm
Teatro Regio, Av. Córdoba 6056, , Every day 10 am to 10 pm
Teatro Presidente Alvear, Av. Corrientes 1659, , Every day 11 am to 7 pm
Teatro Colon, Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm. Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm

The price of tickets for the national plays is $ 50 Argentine Pesos and for the International shows $ 70 and $ 130 Pesos. 
Packages: $520 Pesos (5 International Productions + one ticket for the opening show)
The rest of the activities are free of charge.

For more information on locations, and day by day program, visit FIBA 2015 official website.
Or download the complete program in Spanish and English here.

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