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Cluj-Napoca National Theatre announces for the end of November the premiere of two performances, ELLING by Axel Hellstenius Hellstenius and Petter Naess and IN TRAFFIC by Alina Nelega.

ELLING by Axel Hellstenius will premiere on Thursday, 27 November 2014. Director and set designer: Sorin Misirianţu, assistant designer: Arhidiade Mureşan, lighting design: Jenel Moldovan. The cast comprises the following actors: Dan Chiorean, Ovidiu Crişan, Elena Ivanca, Miron Maxim, Radu Lărgeanu and Adriana Băilescu.

Elling, 40 years old, loses his mother. He is sent to an asylum where he meets Kjell Bjarne, a massive individual of the same age, innocent, virgin and always thinking of women. After two years spent in the Broynes institution, the heroes are moved, due to a special, state-financed program of social reintegration, to an apartment where they have to tend for themselves. A social assistant guides them, supervises them and teaches them how to live. Initially scared every time the phone rings or every time they have to go shopping, the two gradually find ways of adapting to society, Elling even discovering his talent as a poet. The performance presents the path to social reintegration of the two lonely heroes, frightened to face the real life. It’s a path full of humor, but also of deep human kindness.   

by Alina Nelega will premiere on Friday, 28 November 2014. Director and designer: Tudor Lucanu, cast: Irina Wintze, Anca Hanu, Patricia Brad, Angelica Nicoară, Alexandra Tarce, Diana Buluga.

"An ordinary car incident congests the traffic and provides the possibility of analysis of the inner worlds of some women with different typologies. The story of each character is emphasized, and they all have in common the aggression of the contemporary society. Physical and psychical violence, fear, family ties, lack of mercy, adultery, indifference and misogyny are just a few of the elements that transform these aggressed souls into aggressors. Violence generates violence. Hopefully, when the traffic jam decongests, everything will go back to NORMAL." (Tudor Lucanu)

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre will present the performance The Cherry Orchard by A.P. Chekov, director Roberto Bacci, within the International Classic Theatre Festival in Arad, on Satuday, 22 November, 7 p.m.. The  20th edition of the festival takes place from 21 November to 30 November 2014, and is organized by the Arad City Hall, "Ioan Slavici" Classic Theatre and other, by now traditional, partners. The organizers want to present the audiences with a theatre "mix" comprised of two sections - "CLASSIC 20 NATIONAL" and "CLASSIC 20 INTERNATIONAL". Throughout the 9 days of the Arad festival, important artists from Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Turkey will perform alongside artists from Romania. Further information about the festival is available here.   


The performance Sânziana and Pepelea by Vasile Alecsandri, director Alexandru Dabija, will be presented at the Contemporary Drama Festival in Braşov, on Sunday, 30 November, 7 p.m. The festival, organized by the "Sică Alexandrescu" Theatre of Braşov, is one with a long tradition, the only one of its kind in Romania, dedicated exclusively to contemporary drama. The most important productions of the previous year, based on such plays, are invited to participate in the Contemporary Drama Festival. It is a competitive festival, Awards being presented for: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Design, Best Director, Best Performance, and also a Special Award of the Jury. The performance Sânziana and Pepelea is invited as a gala performance and will be presented to the public after the award ceremony. Further information about the festival is available here.

Two of the performances Cluj-Napoca National Theatre participates with at the National Theatre of Bucharest can be seen online, in live transmission from the performance hall, on the Adevărul live platform (


These performances can also be seen on the screen set in the University Passage from Bucharest.

Amalia takes a deep breath by Alina Nelega, director Tudor Lucanu, will be transmitted live from the Nottara Theatre, "George Constantin" Hall, Bucharest, on 28 October, 8.30 pm, and Sânziana and Pepelea by Vasile Alecsandri, director Alexandru Dabija, will be transmitted live form the Odeon Theatre, Majestic Hall, Bucharest, on 31 October, 6.00 pm.

For ten days, Adevărul live will live stream eight performances presented within the National Theatre Festival, as an absolute premiere in Romania. The complete program of these live transmissions is available here.

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre participates at the National Theatre Festival in Bucharest with the productions Amalia takes a deep breath by Alina Nelega, director Tudor Lucanu, The Aureliu Manea Trilogy by Aureliu Manea, director Gábor Tompa, and Sânziana and Pepelea by Vasile Alecsandri, director Alexandru Dabija. In the festival, the performances are scheduled as follows: Amalia takes a deep breath: Monday, 27 October, 6.00 pm, and Tuesday, 28 October, 8.30 pm, at the Nottara Theatre, "George Constantin" Hall; The Aureliu Manea Trilogy: Wednesday, 29 October, 7.00 pm, and Thursday, 30 October, 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm, at the Nottara Theatre, "George Constantin" Hall; Sânziana and Pepelea: Friday, 30 October, 6.00 pm, and Saturday, 1 November, 6.00 pm, at the Odeon Theatre.


The 24th edition of the National Theatre Festival in Bucharest takes place between 24 October- 2 November. The program of the festival is available here