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Features May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   

Tritons In Transylvania

 
     

Looking for an exotic destination this fall? What about a trip to Transylvania for an 11-day international drama festival. OK, but what"s that got to do with UCSD? A lot. Gabor Tompa, the theater department's newly appointed professor of directing, is also the artistic director of the 850-seat Hungarian State Theatre in Cluj, Romania, which is celebrating its two hundred and fifteenth anniversary with a festival starting November 29.

Cluj is nestled in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania between Serbia, Hungary, the Ukraine and Moldavia, and the festival reflects its place as an international crossroad. Performances range from a dance creation by the celebrated French-Hungarian choreographer Josef Nadj, to the dynamic Budapest theater troupe Katona's mounting of Chekhov"s Ivanov, to a production of the grotesque comedy Play Strindberg, by Teatro de la Abadía of Madrid.

Tompa will launch the festival with his new production of Chekhov's Three Sisters, designed by UCSD theater professor Andrei Both, who has also been invited to show a retrospective of his work. And UCSD dance professor Yolanda Snaith will bring her production of The Garden Trilogy.

UCSD in the far flung Carpathians -- need directions?

Contributors to Making Waves: Mario Aguilera, '89, Rex Graham, Raymond Hardie, Robert Monroe, Neda Oreizy, '08, Doug Ramsey

 

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