Interesting stories and adventures of families who lived in Poreč in the 17th and 18th century have proven to be a fruitful material for different theatre productions during the Festival.
A play in four acts – “Legends of Poreč” tells stories of four real noble families: Sincich, Becich, Pavano and Corsini and was presented in the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Festival. “Legends of Poreč” were played by amateur actors, attendants of drama workshop by Društvo prijatelja Giostre and each act was staged on a different location thus evoking rich history of Poreč to the specators. Author of text is a playwright Marijana Nola, and it was directed by Nina Kleflin. All four acts were acclaimed by spectators. Successful premiere was followed by a performance in the Poreč theatre in December of 2009. Each specific story due to its peculiar and rich contents found its parallel in the history of drama. In 2010 a play “Anzola da Parenzo: già Turcha et hora Christiana” (Anzola from Poreč: once Turkish and now Christian) written by Gaetano Benchich, who also directed it, was performed in Istro-venetian dialect.
The 5th Poreč historical festival – Giostra offers the premiere of the musical “Viva la Giostra” with participation of more than 100 singers, actors, dancers, musicians and dancers from Poreč. Author of the text is Goran Prodan, music is signed by a band Carpe diem from Poreč and Umag. It is directed by Nina Kleflin and stage design is by Osman.
“Viva la Giostra!”: A love story between two young lovers belonging to two different classes – a noblewoman Maria and a commoner– Pietro. It is happening in Poreč on 13th and 14th February 1745 during Giostra, a tournament in striking a target with a spear from a horse. Everything is accompanied by town festivities.