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The Doors Open Night returns this year with new and traditional events, which you are all invited to enjoy! For the first time, you have the chance to meet theatre actors and, just like last year, to dance on the stage, to take part or assist at many workshops and events, during the seven hours you can spend with us.

 

This year, our thoughts and support go to the Estuar Foundation. Established in 1993, it is the first Romanian organization to create for adults with mental health problems a network of community and home day care services, certified and acknowledged at the local, national and international level. The Estuar Foundation is active in four Romanian cities, Bucharest, Ploiesti, Giurgiu and Cluj and serves yearly over 2000 beneficiaries.

 

In Cluj-Napoca, the Estuar Foundation, which has functioned for 20 years, is the only day centre for the respective category of beneficiaries and works towards three directions:

- the services provided within the day centre offer hope, refuge, a "second home" to beneficiaries, who are people affected by mental health problems, they give an useful alternative to spend time, through skills development, counseling for the acknowledgement of the health problem and adaptation to possible difficulties, the increase of self-esteem and the identification of strong points, psychological/psychiatric/social and vocational counseling, encouraging the involvement in the community, in order to avoid isolation;

- informing and counseling legal guardians in order to accept the situation and increase their tolerance, to acknowledge changes and incomprehensible behaviors as symptoms, to receive support in distinguishing between the person and his/her symptoms;

 

- informing the community in order to increase tolerance and understanding towards people with special needs, respect towards the beneficiares' individuality and dignity, promoting equal chances, organizing campaigns for the promotion of mental health in schools and faculties, promoting partnerships with various public institutions or non-government associations in order to organize projects, specific events, value the talents of the beneficiaries through the organization of community exhibitions with the products made within active workshops.



Interview with the director of the performance WHO'S WIPING OFF POLENTA FROM THE POT, which will premiere at the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca Wednesday, 22 November 2017, at 7.00 p.m., in the "Euphorion" Studio.

 

Eugenia Sarvari: Who are you, Camelia Hâncu?

 

Camelia Hâncu: I graduated Direction in Cluj, in 1998, initially in Olimpia Arghir's class, which was later taken over by Mr. Mihai Măniuțiu. In the last year of university, I went to Bucharest to work as assistant director for one of Alexandru Dabija's performances. I stayed three years in Bucharest, then I left through the world to make small experiments, such as Looking  for Chaplin in Rome, about a character I was madly in love with. So I tried to find the true meaning of public and to understand how could Chaplin be loved by everybody. This "theatre adventure" lasted for a month. One of my university colleagues helped me, by hosting me in his house. Everything took place in Navona Square, where I also got the chance to be recorded in the visiting book of that absolutely fabulous place, which is one of the few squares of the eternal city where actors are free to manifest as they will.



Occasioned by the unique partnership between several institutions and organizations of performance arts from Cluj, Reactor of Creation and Experiment, The Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj, The Paintbrush Factory, together with the organizations from the Factory Studio, ColectivA and GroundFloor Group, ZUG.zone and Váróterem Projekt Company, the platform www.teatruincluj.ro was launched, along with a card destined to the theatre-going public: INTERDEPENDENT.



The performance Amalia breathes deeply by Alina Nelega, directed by Tudor Lucanu and played by Anca Hanu - who was awarded for this part, at the 2015 UNITER Galas The Best Leading Actress Award and a year before, The Best Actress Award at the Short Theatre  Festival of Oradea - will participate in Lyon at the International Theatre Festival Sens interdits which takes place between 19-29 October 2017. Amalia breathes deep will have three presentations, on 28 and 29 October, at Théâtre de l'Élysée from Lyon.