At the invitation of Fondazione Teatro della Toscana Florence and Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione Modena, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre will present the production THE CHERRY ORCHARD by A.P. Chekhov, director Roberto Bacci, in the two cities in Italy, from 23 to 28 February 2015.
The representations will take place according to the following schedule:
23 February, 08:45 p.m., at Teatro della Pergola, Florence
24 February, 08:45 p.m., at Teatro della Pergola, Florence
27 February, 08:00 p.m., at Teatro Storchi, Modena
28 February, 03:30 p.m., at Teatro Storchi, Modena
A symphony in white would be the proper name for this orchard because the stage is inundated by the color white: transparent white curtains which circumscribe the performance spaces, white flower petals fill the cherry orchard, being scattered both on stage and on the runway that leads to the auditorium. The auditorium chairs are also white, thus allowing the spectators to take part in the characters’ inner struggle. The only dark shade in this décor is represented by Lopakhin, the man of the matter, whose existence is divided between the practical world of the newly rich, and the world of the orchard, a world of gratuitous beauty. The orchard represents the melancholy, the past and the tranquility of the traditional world, a certain calmness, the harmony between man and nature, to which Lopakhin’s modern, merchant-like, attitude appears as foreign and strange. The orchard belongs to a lost past, it is the orchard of the dead. The orchard re-echoes sounds, noises, nostalgia and disillusion which are all too familiar to every one of us.
Cluj-Napoca National theatre will present the opening of the production Death and reincarnation as a cowboy by Rodrigo García, translation Luminița Voina-Răuț, Friday, 19 February 2016, at the "Euphorion" Studio. Director and set designer: Andrei Măjeri, and music arrangement by Katalin Incze. Cast: Elena Ivanca, Romina Merei, Sânziana Tarţa, Irina Wintze.
"Staged as a country thriller, the production Death and reincarnation as a cowboy, perhaps Rodrigo García's strongest and most controversial text, sheds lights on the daily infernos, fully exploiting the grimaces of laughter. The only voice implied by the playwright has been fragmented by the director and adapted to contemporary women, living examples of the wonder woman syndrome. The four actresses furiously, but lucidly, throw in our faces the human degradation, the visceral laughter and the impossible love, and their polyphony becomes a delirious confession, a post-absurdist puzzle. This floating island, the flickering reality in which Rodrigo García's extreme-contemporary text has been transposed on stage, is accompanied by country music hit songs, reminiscent of a lost era.
The acting is willingly theatrical, through mechanized gestures, grotesque grimaces or obsessive heel sounds, permanently gliding through different rhythms, as a plea for saving colliding feminine universes. This type of playwriting invites to deciphering rather than visionarism, the immersion in García's chaotic world proposes a culture of the commentary, a second game in complicity with the text. «When disaster comes, it comes and it comes for us all!»" (Andrei Măjeri)
Celebrating 100 years since the beginning of the Dada Movement, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre announces the opening of the production EVERY TZARA HAS HIS DADA (The Ghost of Elsinore) by Ion Pop, Ștefana and Ioan Pop-Curșeu, which will take place in the "Art Club" Studio, Tuesday, 9 February 2016, at 07:00 p.m. The production is made within the "Dada 100: life / art / museum" Project, realized in partnership with the Faculty of Theatre and Television BBU Cluj and Persona Association.
"Borrowing the structure of the Dada play Mouchoir de Nuages (Cloud Handkerchief), the production Every Tzara Has His Dada brings to stage the impressive Dada artistic legacy, thus celebrating one hundred years since the emergence of this avant-garde movement that shook the foundations of traditional art and encouraged the modernist developments in Art History Dramaturgically constructed from Tristan Tzara's texts (manifestos, poetry, theatre), as well as from the correspondence with his friends and their writings, the production rememorizes, in a Dada manner, the biography of the poet Tzara, from his departure from Romania and the first soirees at Cabaret Voltaire, to the moment of the self-dissolution of the Dada movement, of Tzara's disconnection with surrealism and of his seeking refuge in studying the anagrams of François Villon's works. The spectators will witness a hallucinatory collage-story, in which the theatre opens its doors to the dada manifestos, the simultaneous poems, the black songs, the approximate man, the rituals, the friendships and discords of these young, exalted, art vigilantes, all appearing as happy and sad ghosts bearing avant-garde masks." (Ștefana Pop-Curșeu)
Director: Ştefana Pop-Curşeu, set design: Filip Odangiu, Rareș Stoica, video and sound design: Rareș Stoica, choreography: Cătălin Codreanu, humbugs: Cristian Grosu, light design: Jenel Moldovan, cast: Filip Odangiu, Rareș Stoica, Cătălin Codreanu, Cristian Grosu, Ştefana Pop-Curşeu.
Cluj-Napoca National Theatre presents Friday, 29 January 2016, the opening of BZZAP! by Robert Cohen, translation Eugen Wohl, director: Răzvan Mureșan, set design: Radu Lărgeanu, Răzvan Mureșan, video design: Marius Mureșan, assistant video design: Cristian Grosu. Cast: Matei Rotaru, Cristian Grosu, Radu Lărgeanu, Diana Buluga, Alexandra Tarce, Patricia Brad, Miron Maxim, Cristian Rigman.
At Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, the director Răzvan Mureșan also staged two other plays by the American playwright: Machiavelli: The Art of Terror in 2011 and Moebius Strip in 2013. This is his third encounter with a Robert Cohen text, Bzzap, translated by Eugen Wohl. It's the story of a successful man, an adult and a child at the same time, with two secretaries, one of whom is also his mistress, with a frustrated and shopaholic wife, and undergoing psychiatric treatment for his phantasms. In a word, the story of a modern/contemporary man. The action takes place in a multifunctional space - an office, a hotel room, a space towards the other side that invades this side, all against an obsessive musical background - created by the director and by the actor Radu Lărgeanu.