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THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT

 

by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
translated to Romanian by Victor Scoradeț


director: Eugen Jebeleanu
set and costumes design: Velica Panduru
assistant director: Adriana Creangă
costume assistant: Diana Rus
lighting design: Velica Panduru, Mădălina Mânzat, Eugen Jebeleanu
video design: Eugen Jebeleanu, Ovidiu Zimcea
music: Ovidiu Zimcea


Cast:
Petra von Kant: Ramona Dumitrean
Karin Thimm: Sânziana Tarța
Marlene: Angelica Nicoară
Sidonie von Grasenabb: Elena Ivanca
Valerie von Kant: Miriam Cuibus
Gabrielle von Kant: Diana Buluga


stage manager: Doru Bodrea
lighting technicians: Jenel Moldovan, Alexandru Corpodean, Ionuț Maier
sound technician: Marius Rusu
sufleor: Ana Maria Moldovan
video technician: Vasile Crăciun

I decided to propose this text by Fassbinder because I love his writing and because I find it extremely relevant for today’s world. Maybe it’s a cliché to speak of relevance and contemporaneity, of a text’s echo in today’s society, but Fassbinder’s way of presenting his characters and stories and his way of bringing up themes that are still sensitive are, unfortunately, still relevant, even 50 years later. This is one of the reasons why I picked this text: due to its subject, because it allows us to tell a story about women, a love story between two women, because it is about sexual emancipation, as well as the discovery of one’s sexual orientation later in life. The character is no longer twenty and I believe it is important to acknowledge the fact that you can discover yourself and accept your sexual orientation at any age. On the other hand, we find ourselves at a point in history where there is a lot of heated debate about equality, about the representation of women, about their place in society, about the way in which we choose to tell their stories. Yes, our production is on the one hand a feminist one; on the other hand, it speaks about femininity, these things are intertwined […] the text also discusses the condition of the artist. It is not necessarily about theatre, rather, its characters belong to the world of fashion. Nevertheless, they are part of the same artistic universe, and I am interested in the relevance of art in today’s world, in art as a necessary asset, in how we, as artists, take certain risks when stepping on stage, our relationship with the characters we portray, with the stories we tell: how much distance, how much objectivity, how much critique can we inject into our own contemporary art?  

 

 

(excerpt from the interview conducted by Ștefana Pop-Curșeu with Eugen Jebeleanu)


 


Opening date: Saturday, July 9 2022

Main stage
16+
1h 25 min.