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A new Naumian ISLAND at the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca

The team of the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca has started rehearsals for a new variant of the concert-performance THE ISLAND, after Gellu Naum, by Ada Milea. More than seven years after its premiere, the performance will be resumed on 18 February 2018 in a new formula: "The new Island is filled with surprises: it has two new characters, a lot of new instruments, new ideas, new texts, new melodies, new looks and the new sad humour of the comedy of loneliness lived by a Robinson Crusoe who is stranded on an island that is both deserted and filled with people. I think there is more Gellu Naum and more inspiration in this new old performance." (Ada Milea)

The National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca is looking forward to welcoming you at the event dedicated to National Culture Days and to the Romanian national poet, Mihai Eminescu, organized in partnership with the Town Hall of Cluj-Napoca and the Romanian National Opera, which will take place Monday, 15 January 2018, at 11.00 a.m., in the foyer. You can hear then a recital of lieds and poems from Mihai Eminescu's work, held by actors Elena Ivanca and Ruslan Bârlea, along with members of TOA (Transylvanian Opera Academy) - the only Romanian program meant to train and improve young opera artists: Diana Gheorghe (guest), Viktória Cormoș, Andrei Manea (guest), Andrei Nicoară, Bianca Murariu (piano), directed by: Andreea Iacob. The lieds played are composed on Eminescu's verses from poems: Dorință [A Wish], Ce te legeni... [Why Swingest...], Și dacă... [What If], La steaua... [To the Star...]. Actors Elena Ivanca and Ruslan Bârlea will read poems Floarea albastră [The Sky-Blue Flower], Glossă [Glossa], Ce-ți doresc eu ție, dulce Românie [What I Wish for You, Sweet Romania], Gândind la tine [Thinking of You], a fragment from Scrisoarea I [First Letter], as well as fragments from the correspondence between Eminescu and Veronica Micle, but also verses written by Marin Sorescu, as an homage to "The Star of Romanian Poetry": Trebuiau să poarte un nume [They Had to Have a Name].


In the exquisite setting of the foyer, the musical chords will merge with the poems read, in a sound fusion meant to delight viewers.

The Program of the Ticket Agency

Dear viewers, 


We would like to let you know the Theatre's Ticket Agency is closed between 24 December 2017 - 2 January 2018.


We also want to inform you that between 22 December 2017 - 2 January 2018, tickets for January performances can be purchased solely online, through the platform Starting with 3 January 2018, they will also be available at the Ticket Agency.


We wish you Happy Holidays and a New Year full of inspiration!

Ada Milea's musical collaboration with the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca began seven years ago, when director Alexandru Dabija came here with the production of Gellu Naum's I am Florence. Other productions by Alexandru Dabija followed: Sânziana and Pepelea by Vasile Alecsandri, Mein Kampf by George Tabori and Linoleum by the Presniakov Brothers. Then came Apolodor after Gellu Naum and Ubuzdup! by Alfred Jarry, directed by Tompa Gábor. The Island after Gellu Naum enjoyed great success, winning several prizes and superlative acclaim from the public and from critics in the domain. Marina Constantinescu wrote about her unconditional admiration for this performance: "Ada Milea has genius. Just like that. And she does what she wants with our minds...  I stopped (...) on hers and Gellu Namu's Island (...), the melancholy poem about the freedom of the human being, about the Robinson and the Mermaid lying within each of us, about Friday, the Pirate, and Selkirke Grandmas, a poem which hints at each of us' travel towards the centre of the earth. A foam of words, meanings and revelations leading us through waves of boundless fantasy. There we find Ada Milea. There takes shape her stunningly wonderful performance (...) A burst of laughter on the sky of loneliness. Rigour and joy".


I took the opportunity of Ada Milea's presence at the production of the concert-performance Švejk in concert after Jaroslav Hašek to ask her some questions about the future premiere.

Eugenia Sarvari:
Ada Milea, you are developing a new collaboration with the National Theatre of Cluj. After getting through Gellu Naum's surrealism, how did you find soldier Švejk's realism?


Ada Milea: With Mr. Alexandru Dabija's help. He directed the first part of the book at the Odeon Theatre, and I wrote three songs for that performance.