Cluj-Napoca National Theatre has been nominated for the UNITER Awards in the category Best Performance, with the production Our Class by Tadeusz Słobodzianek, director László Bocsárdi. For this award, the following productions have also been nominated: The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy, directed by Andrei and Andreea Grosu, UNTEATRU Theatre, Bucharest and The Rest based on Attila Bartis, director Radu Afrim, Târgu-Mureş National Theatre, "Tompa Miklós" Company. For the 24th edition of the UNITER Awards Gala, the nominations jury consisted of the theatre critics Doina Papp, Claudiu Groza and Cristina Rusiecki.
Cluj theatre will also be honored at the UNITER Awards Gala with two awards presented by the UNITER Senate: Anca Măniuţiu, essayist, theatre critic and translator, Associate Professor and Vice-dean at the Faculty of Theatre and Television, "Babeş-Bolyai" University of Cluj, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for theatre criticism and history, and Miklós Bács, actor of the Hungarian State Theatre and Associate Professor hab. at the Faculty of Theatre and Television, "Babeş-Bolyai" University of Cluj will receive the Special Award: a mentor for young generations of actors. The excellence awards, lifetime achievement awards and special awards are presented based on proposition from theatre and from the members of the UNITER Senate. The 24th edition of the UNITER Award Gala will take place on Monday, 9 May 2016, in the Main Hall of the "Regina Maria" Theatre in Oradea.
More information and the complete list of nominees available here.
For his first collaboration with the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, Bocsárdi László worked on the text of the Polish playwright Tadeusz Słobodzianek, Our Class, and the premiere was on 11 December 2015.
The text, structured in 14 lessons, brings to stage the painful story of former classmates, both Polish and Jewish, good colleagues and friends, who, at one point in history, without any clear reason, allow themselves to be caught in the roller-coaster of cruelty, becoming oppressors and victims. The name of the play was borrowed by the author from one of the most famous social networks in Poland, but is also a reference to Kantor's The Dead Class.
In Jedwabne, a town in central Poland, there lived, for centuries, a strong Jewish community, around 1600 inhabitants, in a peaceful symbiosis with the Polish community. They worked together and celebrated their traditions together. Soon after the Nazis entered Jedwabne, the unimaginable happened: the Polish from the town massacred all 1600 Jewish inhabitants in one day. Those who escaped from the axes, hayforks or knives, were pushed in a barn and set on fire. There were no survivors. Immediately after, their Polish neighbors took their houses and belongings. These are the historical facts, and the action of the play covers a period of approximately 68 years (1935 - 2003).