A new director has arrived to take charge at the Dubrovnik festival and he needs to make his mark. He’s opted to shore up the key cultural pillars of the festival: serious classical music; contemporary, frequently edgy drama; and at least one big theatre production by one of Dubrovnik’s own big-name writers. The latter segment (Ivo Vojnović’s play Ekvinocijo) won’t mean much to foreign visitors, but pretty much everything else on the programme is tempting fare indeed. Overall, the event is beginning to resemble the thing it was always supposed to be – one of the region’s leading arts festivals. There’s Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte performed in the garden of the Dubrovnik Art School; Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet in an Old-Town piazza; Euripides’s Medea (directed by contemporary Slovene big-shot Tomaž Pandur) staged in Lovrijenac Fortress; and significant contributions by highly touted younger-generation Croatian directors Saša Božić and Oliver Frljić. Perhaps the bravest programme inclusion is Boris Bakal’s Father Courage, an improvised, interactive and unpredictable piece of social theatre that will take place on the streets of Dubrovnik. And if head-scratching modern drama ain’t your bag, the Triko circus theatre will be performing on the streets, and Rufus Wainright will be singing for his supper beneath the Revelin Fortress. Full schedule and booking details can be found on the festival website.
July 10- August 30, 2013