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His Majesty King Michael I of Romania has decided to grant the Royal Decoration "Nihil Sine Deo" to the Cluj-Napoca National Theater.

The Cluj-Napoca National Theater is honored to receive this decoration, and the theater representatives will be present at the Award Ceremony, on 25 March 2015 at the Peleș Castle.

Together with the "King Michael I for Loyalty" Medal and the Cross of the Royal House of Romania, the Royal Decoration "Nihil Sine Deo" is a distinction granted by decision of the Chief of the Royal Family of Romania.

The Royal Distinction "Nihil Sine Deo" is offered to important personalities from the social, scientific, educational, cultural, spiritual, economic, political and military fields, privided they have reached a venerable age, have had outstanding achievements, have had extraordinary initiatives, have proven generous and responsible or have set an example in enriching the Romanian present.[...] The decoration can also be offered to institutions or organizations, provided their activity fulfills the above mentioned criteria. (source: www.familiaregala.ro)

 



Cluj-Napoca National Theatre will complete its program for February with a supplementary representation of  MEIN KAMPF by Geoge Tabori, directed by Alexandru Dabija, on 10 February, at 5 PM, on the main stage. The representation will be attended by the members of the nomination jury of the UNITER Gala (The Romanian Theatre Union), an event which celebrates annually the best achievements in the field of theatre. Tickets are available at the theatre’s Ticket Agency or online at www.biletmaster.ro.
 

MEIN KAMPF is an exorcism, a huge laughter, a song of freedom in which the author, a victim of the Nazi terror, depicts horror in an unexpected manner. Shlomo Herzl, an old Jewish bookseller, lodges an untalented young man who wants to study at the Fine Arts Academy. The young man’s name is Hitler, an egocentric and rude character, paranoid and vain, a Nazi in the making. Shlomo could have foreseen the approaching danger, but all he sees in Hitler is just another fellow human being.



Cluj-Napoca National Theatre has three new productions in preparation, which will be presented to audiences in February and March this year.  
 

Ada Milea returns to Cluj with a new performance based on the works of Gellu Naum. Following the concert-performance THE ISLAND, on 7 March 2015, on the Main Stage, we invite you to the premiere of the production APOLODOR, script and music: Ada Milea, scenography: Cristian Rusu, with: Ada Milea, Dragoş Pop, Anca Hanu, Ramona Dumitrean, Adriana Băilescu and Cristian Rigman.


APOLODOR is the musical map of the travels of the penguin invented by Gellu Naum. The Cluj team is extremely creative and I am convinced that joy that "haunts" our rehearsals will also spread to our spectators.

Ada Milea

 

Until then, the director Tudor Lucanu prepares for 28 February 2015, also on the Main Stage, the production 12 ANGRY MEN by Reginald Rose, translated by Eugen B. Marian, set design: Adrian Damian, costumes: Adriana Grand. Ovidiu Crişan, Ruslan Bârlea, Ionuţ Caras, Miron Maxim, Radu Lărgeanu, Cătălin Codreanu, Cătălin Herlo, Matei Rotaru, Cornel Răileanu, Cristian Grosu, Petre Băcioiu and Emanuel Petran interpret the twelve jurors that are locked in a room to decide the faith of another man, trialed for patricide.
 

All the evidence incriminates him. The vote of the 12 jurors regarding his guilt or innocence must be unanimous. Can the 12 jurors be objective in this trial? Did all the facts presented actually happen? People are reluctant to admit that perhaps they did not fully understand what they had seen or heard. Each time someone suggests they have been deceived by appearances or that they have overlooked significant details, they will most likely ignore these suggestions and stick to their original opinions for as long as possible. One last solution is to take a closer look at all the details. As the 12 jurors begin to know themselves, we, the audience, begin to see ourselves in them. Sometimes careless, sometimes too radical, or driven by strong personal feelings, sometimes hasty, sometimes unwilling to question the facts presented. But we are also patient, willing to do justice and offer our help. "It’s very hard to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And no matter where you run into it, prejudice obscures the truth " (8TH JUROR)

Tudor Lucanu

 

AGNUS DEI by John Pielmeier, translation Anca Florescu and Costin Manoliu, will represent the debut at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre of the young director Cătălin Bocîrnea. Scenography by Carmencita Brojboiu, music by Șerban Ursachi, and the premiere will be on 20 February 2015, at the "Euphorion" Studio. Irina Wintze, Miriam Cuibus and Alexandra Tarce interpret the three roles in a production of questions:

 


Why aren’t the "tools" that people possess - fondness, love, unconditional love, communication, empathy - fully used before people turn to God? Why isn’t a child molested by his mother taken into the care of society and is instead sent to address God directly? Why isn’t there an equilibrium between science and faith that can offer a salvation for a traumatized child? Can faith be altered by the surrounding realities? How far does our need for certainty take us? It would be a miracle if the need for certainty disappeared. But what would we become? The answer is hidden in each of us. The story of Agnes is a true story, "told" by the John Pielmeier through an intense psychological and philosophical drama. Everything is filtered by the characters who confess to each other and reveal themselves by putting their entire life experiences and their souls under the magnifying glass, in search for a relative truth.

Cătălin Bocîrnea



The production AMALIA TAKES A DEEP BREATH  by Alina Nelega, a one-woman show with Anca Hanu, directed by Tudor Lucanu, will be presented at the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) from Berlin on 15 January 2015, on the occasion of The Romanian Culture Day. 


Alina Nelega’s monodrama presents episodes from the life of Amalia. She had passed through Communism in an aboulic state, from its beginning until its maximum darkness, and has now reached a new era of freedom, which proves to be equally confusing to her. The little communist girl - happy to be away from the German governess, the piano lessons, the French classes - grows confused by the losses in her life. But the traumas don’t transform her into a self-pitiful person. Instead, the character remains fantastically courageous and charmingly candid. Alina Nelega’s play does not reject the past, but sets it under the careful analysis of the present, theatrically rebuilding the past 50-60 years of national history.

 

The performance opened on 7 February 2014 and participated, in 2014, in such events as The Short Theatre Festival in Oradea, the International Meetings in Cluj and the National Theatre Festival in Bucharest. The actress Anca Hanu won the Award for Best Actress at the Short Theatre Festival in Oradea and the Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, offered by the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre within its annual International Meetings in Cluj. 

 

The Berlin performance will be in Romanian, with German subtitles.