The production DON JUAN by Molière, translation Maria Rotar, opens on September 25th 2016, 07:00 p.m., on the main stage of our theatre. Director: Roberto Bacci, set design: Marcio Medina, dramaturgy: Stefano Geraci, assistant directors Silvia Pasello and Maria Rotar, costume assistant: Ilona Lorincz, co-repetition: Katalin G. Incze, lighting design: Jenel Moldovan. The cast: Matei Rotaru, Cătălin Herlo, Sânziana Tarţa, Irina Wintze, Petre Băcioiu, Cristian Grosu, Miron Maxim, Anca Hanu, Adriana Băilescu, Radu Lărgeanu, Alexandra Tarce, Diana Buluga, Paula Rotar. Musician: Renata Burcă.
In Roberto Bacci's production the action takes place in the Commander's abandoned house, where, surrounded by old, deteriorated furniture, the characters populate the space throughout the representation. A fundamental element Don Juan fiercely fights against is time. Its representation is mineral, it literally "glides away" filling the stage, accompanied by piano music.
This is Roberto Bacci's third collaboration with the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, following his successes with Hamlet and The Cherry Orchard. He explained to actors that to seduce means "to take someone to a wonderful place, to a new world. Thus, Don Juan takes the woman with him to discover a new beginning. He is a seducer. His reputation as a conqueror is affected". As for Don Juan's "human" side, the essayist Ion Vartic states that "he is not and cannot be human unless all myths are human, unless the myth, an exemplary story, highlights a human experience". An experience that we invite you to share with the creators of the production.
The myth of Don Juan belongs to the baroque world of the Renaissance, and it first appeared in 1630, in Tirso de Molina's El Burlador de Sevilla. Around 1657, an itinerant actors' troupe performed this play as a pantomime in France, inspiring Molière, who, in 1665 wrote Don Juan ou Le Festin de Pierre. Don Juan or The Feast with the Statue is a unique play compared to Molière's other dramatic works, impossible to classify, neither comedy, nor tragedy, a text still relevant today, regardless of our relationship with the Creator, with passionate love or the after-world.