A grand and spectacular staging of a Kabuki classic in an adaptation written and directed by Silviu Purcarete. The story, originally written by Tsuruya Namboku IV, is about the mythical Princess Sakura, obsessive love in a temple, murder, reincarnation and revenge. Yet humour and self- irony are never far away. The strict rules of Kabuki theatre undergo an explicitly European interpretation. In this way, The Scarlet Princess bridges the gap between two rich performative traditions and creates a lively dialogue between European and Japanese culture in general.
Silviu Purcarete is a Romanian opera and theatre director with adaptations of almost the entire opera and theatre canon to his name. In 1996, he became the director of the Limoges Drama Center for which he produced, among others, Orestia, Three Sisters, and Don Juan, and where he would eventually create a school for young actors. During his years at the prestigious Radu Stanca Theatre in Sibiu, he created the bulk of his work, which has been staged and awarded throughout the world. Kabuki is a logical next step for Purcarete and one that connects two rich theatre traditions in an unprecedented way