EUROPEANA - a short history of the 20th century
Within the France-Romania Season, the Company Rêvages and the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca, with the support of the French Institute of Cluj, are presenting on the 28 of May, from 8 p.m., the production EUROPEANA, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE 20TH CENTURY, written by Patrik Ourednik and directed by Sarah Lecarpentier.
A thirty-year old woman and a sixty-year old man appear on the stage. They represent two generations, one that saw, the other that wants to see (or not). They are hunters. Butchers, salesmen. Memories, dreams, images. This couple travels through Europe, from town to town, from hotel to hotel, telling the public about the great events of the 20th century: from technical inventions to the disillusionments of ideology. They are the two faces of the same person.
"I discovered «Europeana» in 2014. Back then, I was researching the history and the memory of Europe. This interest led me toward the "Short history of the 20th century".
Ourednik chose the form of a "text". He explains that himself, discouraging the idea that this simple text would be regarded as some sort of an essay or a novel. However, this text does take the form of an essay, half pamphlet, half prophecy. It is meant to explain to an "idiot" reader, in the sense of Dostoyevsky's innocent, what happened in Europe throughout the 20th century. With this view, the text has the minute, finely-tuned works of a clockwork which builds a sort of literary machine. This machine tells the story of the previous century through the various languages of numbers, data, detailed examples. At the same time, it employs an entirely theatrical tone: the examples are put on the stage, they are rendered with a detached cynicism, historical and sociological facts are directly connected with advertisements or urban myths. Correlating several perspectives, summarizing the ideologies and the great events of the century as short newspaper reports, the text toys with the concept of historical truth."
The production is in French, and has Romanian subtitles. Not recommended under the age of 15.
Tickets can be purchased from the Tickets Agency of the National Theatre of Cluj, and online at Biletmaster.ro.
The Europeana project of the French company is meant to raise awareness among European citizens on the connection between the common European memory and their personal opinions. Within the France-Romania season, the project includes a theatre performance, a conference and a photo exhibition.