By John Owoo
(In Tunis – Tunisia)
Journées Théâtrales de Carthage Festival 2023 (JTC) opened last Saturday in the Tunisian capital Tunis with a spectacular performance of “Finale”, a classical piece that employed the use of architectural structures.
Clad in white costumes, the two performers exhibited dexterous movements on the façade of the Municipal Theatre with the support of tight ropes as musicians played pieces from acclaimed classical pieces.
These include “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” (Tchaikovsky) and “Giselle” (Adolphe Adam), which introduced the crowd to classical dance in a new format while mesmerizing the capacity audience, who watched from the sides of the streets and lawns.
Produced by Delrevés and performed by Saioa Fernandez and Sheila Ferrer, the piece showcased a charming work that will remain etched in the minds and hearts of the audience, who continuously cheered and applauded.
Opening the festival, the Minister of Cultural Affairs Hayet Ketat Guermazi, said owing to major humanitarian challenges in the world including the plight of the Palestinians, the 2023 edition of the festival will take place in a sober manner without the usual pomp and pageantry.
Nevertheless, he added that the festival “remains imbued with the fundamental values of justice in the face of injustice, the culture of life and enlightened thought versus the culture of death and obscurantism”.
These values, he stressed are rooted in the history of Tunisian theater, where the universal principles and diversity of human nature are its essential elements and will continue to remain so in the present and future.
The artistic director and president of the organising committee for JTC 2023 Moez Mrabet,said the JTC has always been and will continue to be a defender of the causes of truth, justice and human dignity wherever they may be adding that “With theatre we live, with art we resist.
JTC, which opened on Saturday December 2, will end on Sunday December 10. It will feature 62 performances from 28 countries in various venues throughout the city and beyond with a selection of 62 shows from 28 countries.
Pix – Courtesy of JTC