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EUROPEANA - a short history of the 20th century

Within the France-Romania Season, the Company Rêvages and the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca, with the support of the French Institute of Cluj, are presenting on the 28 of May, from 8 p.m., the production EUROPEANA, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY, written by Patrik Ourednik and directed by Sarah Lecarpentier.

A thirty-year old woman and a sixty-year old man appear on the stage. They represent two generations, one that saw, the other that wants to see (or not). They are hunters. Butchers, salesmen. Memories, dreams, images. This couple travels through Europe, from town to town, from hotel to hotel, telling the public about the great events of the 20th century: from technical inventions to the disillusionments of ideology. They are the two faces of the same person.


 "I discovered «Europeana» in 2014. Back then, I was researching the history and the memory of Europe. This interest led me toward the "Short history of the 20th century".

Ourednik chose the form of a "text". He explains that himself, discouraging the idea that this simple text would be regarded as some sort of an essay or a novel. However, this text does take the form of an essay, half pamphlet, half prophecy. It is meant to explain to an "idiot" reader, in the sense of Dostoyevsky's innocent, what happened in Europe throughout the 20th century. With this view, the text has the minute, finely-tuned works of a clockwork which builds a sort of literary machine. This machine tells the story of the previous century through the various languages of numbers, data, detailed examples. At the same time, it employs an entirely theatrical tone: the examples are put on the stage, they are rendered with a detached cynicism, historical and sociological facts are directly connected with advertisements or urban myths. Correlating several perspectives, summarizing the ideologies and the great events of the century as short newspaper reports, the text toys with the concept of historical truth."

Sarah Lecarpentier


The production is in French, and has Romanian subtitles. Not recommended under the age of 15.

Tickets can be purchased from the Tickets Agency of the National Theatre of Cluj, and online at


The Europeana project of the French company is meant to raise awareness among European citizens on the connection between the common European memory and their personal opinions. Within the France-Romania season, the project includes a theatre performance, a conference and a photo exhibition. 


This year, the UNITER Awards Gala travels across 444 km to reach Cluj-Napoca. A city young at heart, but also a significant site of theatre history serves as the perfect location to display the Romanian contemporary theatre. 2019 is a significant year as well, as the Romanian theatre community celebrate a special historical and cultural moment - 100 years since the foundation of the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca, 100 years since the opening of the most important theatre institution in Transylvania. 


The Gala show takes place on 13 May, starting from 10 p.m., in the Great Hall of the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca and is broadcast live on channels TVR1, Radio România Cultural,  livestreaming on and, and is also retrieved on the facebook page of UNITER.


Until then, we are welcoming you to get to know the nominated artists! Starting from tomorrow, 26 April, the and the Facebook pages will keep you updated daily with new information, news, interviews, video testimonials, messages of support for the nominated artists, the public's vote.


Tomorrow, 26 April, we also launch the video promotion campaign of the UNITER Awards Gala, which brings forward all artists competing for the 11 awards categories of this edition.


11 prize-winners, 33 nominated artists and over 300 guests from Bucharest and from the country are due on 13 May at the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca to celebrate the achievements of the Romanian Theatre.




25 April 2019






An event supported by:

The Town Hall and the Local Council of Cluj-Napoca


A cultural project financed by:

The Ministry of Culture and National Identity



The Romanian Television


Main sponsor:

Raiffeisen Bank


Main partner:



Special partner:

UniCredit Bank








Institutional partner:

The National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca


Traditional partner:

The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company




The British Council

The Romanian Center for ITI (International Theatre Institute)


Media partners:


The Metropolis Newspaper


Monitoring partner:



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