Every production lives and breathes through its two lungs: its actors, who provide its vital energy, and the audience, who justifies its existence. And if at one point, for each actor, the theatre must become synonymous with the triad "loneliness, craft, revolt" that Eugenio Barba writes so beautifully in one of his books, the art of the stage also has the gift of opening the entire being of the actor to those surrounding him, becoming an extraordinary collegiality experience. Especially when a production needs a new impulse, because of the temporary absence of one of its members, the craft can be combined with the joy of keeping an art work alive.
Alexandra Tarce, the youngest actress of Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, has been in the past weeks one of those who took on the beautiful but difficult task of ensuring the continuity of three beloved productions, thus replacing Romina Merei, who has become a mother, in War of the Clowns, Wuthering Heights and The Last Night of Love, The First Night of War. Alexandra talked about her experience in the following interview granted to Eugenia Sarvari, the literary secretary of our theatre.
On Wednesday, 22 February 2017, at 8:00 p.m., Cinema "Victoria" will host the screening of the film La madre, directed by Alberto Morais, whose cast also comprises the actor Ovidiu Crișan from Cluj-Napoca National Theatre. The film was nominated to Premios Goya - awarded by the Cinema Art and Science Academy from Spain - in fifteen categories, including for Ovidiu Crișan in "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" for the role of Bogdan, alongside such distinguished actors as Liam Neeson, Rupert Everett, Julian Sands.
We took advantage of tomorrow's screening and asked Ovidiu Crișan a few questions.
This month, Cluj-Napoca Theatre reprises some of its successful productions, one of them being Pandora's Box by Katalin Thuróczy, directed by Andrei Măjeri, set designer Cristian Rusu, and the performance will take place on Sunday, 19 February, 7:00 p.m., at the "Euphorion" Studio.
We have asked Miriam Cuibus and Cătălin Codreanu, the protagonists of this extremely hilarious production, a few questions:
Miriam, you have managed to bring together Aunt Hilda's fragility and her fierceness and tumultuousness. How was that possible?
The contrast you mention, fragility - tenacity, belongs to a series of such contradictions blended in Hilda's character, and that makes this role very valuable and attractive to an actress. This stubborn old woman hides behind the decrepitude and weakness of the age, a surprising versatility. Hilda is surprisingly histrionic in her survival strategies and in her persuasion tactics. She acts helpless, weak, sick to gain advantage in her relationship with her nephew or to turn things in her favor. Paradoxically and despite her age she is very alive. Her vitality is sustained by a mixture of dreams and future projects, luxurious trips, far away from the potato stew and the precarious living conditions. She seems asleep, but she is very vigilant, alert, like a feline in arrêt, like the stuffed wild cat that keeps her company. Hilda is always a hunted hunter. On the other hand, she is nostalgic and ridiculously sensuous when her past overwhelms her. True to her origin, she is a butcher's daughter, Hilda voluptuously devours and savors her own evocations of the love episodes from her youth. Hilda is unpredictable, fragile, tenacious, nostalgic, terrible, ridiculous, sensuous, histrionic, weepy, cynical, affable, malicious, bovaristic...And we don't know the end...
When faced with such a role, you dedicate yourself to it completely.
Cluj-Napoca National Theatre continues the tradition of giving the students of the Faculty of Theatre and Television from Cluj the opportunity to perform on a professional stage, in front of our theatre's audience. This time it's a production performed and prepared by the students in Acting for their annual course dedicated to the life and works of I.L. Caragiale, held by Prof. Ion Vartic PhD, assisted by Lecturer Anca Hațiegan, PhD. Presenting this "practical" moment is one of the most long-expected moments at the Faculty of Theatre and Television from Cluj. As this time the students managed to create an extremely successful moment-production, we offered them the space at the "Euphorion" Studio. Cluj-Napoca National Theatre invites you to witness an important moment in the student life of future professional actors.
Lecturer Anca Hațiegan, PhD offered us more details about this production: "It is by now a tradition, instituted by Prof. Ion Vartic, PhD, that for the 2nd year exam in The History of Romanian Theatre (special course I.L. Caragiale), together with the theoretical exam, the students in Acting from the Faculty of Theatre and Television from Cluj must also stage some scenes, of their choice, from the works of Mr. Iancu.