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Award for the production AGAMEMNON by Rodrigo Garcia at the Short Theatre Festival in Oradea

The Cluj-Napoca National Theatre production AGAMEMNON by Rodrigo Garcia, director Andrei Măjeri, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, received from the jury the Special Prize for Creativity at the Short Theatre Festival in Oradea. The award was granted ex aequo with the production IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT – THE LEAR EPISODE, script by Gavriil Pinte, with insertions by George Banu and Monique Borie, director Gavriil Pinte, from the Regina Maria Theatre, Oradea.

The 22nd edition of the Short Theatre Festival in Oradea took place from 25 September to 1 October, and this year the jury was comprised of Mircea Morariu – theatre critic – the president of the jury, Ion Parhon – theatre critic and Alexa Visarion – director and script writer.

Details about the nominees and awards are available here.

The 6th edition of the INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS IN CLUJ, organized by the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, will take place this year from 3 to 9 October.

The event, which offers the audience a theatre journey on the topic In Search of the Author, aims to be a meeting and dialogue space between successful contemporary authors – like Robert Cohen, Rodrigo García and Matei Vișniec –, who will honor us with their presence in Cluj these days and whose plays are part of our repertoire, young playwrights with avant-garde ideas, charismatic actors, true artists of the Romanian stage, and our theatre-loving audience. At the same time, given the fact that the year 2016 marks the birth of the Dada movement, which radically transformed the traditional norms and values of the art of the 20th century, we will celebrate the creativity and theatre spirit of the avant-garde authors, through a series of collective creations at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre.

This edition will gather numerous theatre productions, from the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre but also invited productions, as well as a series of special events: meetings with authors, a conference, book launches, a painting and sculpting exhibition through which Rareș Stoica revisits Dadaism and the Annual Gala, when, together with our partners and sponsors, our theatre rewards the achievements of the Cluj troupe from the 2015-2016 theatre season. The event will be attended in Cluj by more than 100 national and international guests, directors, theatre critics, festival programmers and cultural personalities.

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. 

Avanpremiere of SELFIE by Andreea Iacob

Cluj-Napoca National Theatre announces the avanpremiere of SELFIE written and directed by Andreea Iacob, video projections: mate, which will take place in the “Euphorion“ Studio, Friday, September 23, at 6 pm. The production is made in partnership with the Gherla Maximum Security Penitentiary, Cluj-Napoca exterior section.

The production, made in partnership with the Gherla Maximum Security Penitentiary, Cluj-Napoca exterior section, has a cast comprised exclusively of women inmates. The script is an original one, based on real stories from the lives of the women in the cast, who not only act in the production, but they also share with us fragments, images and emotions from their families’ history. As a result, the production will gather, in a puzzle-like fashion, threads from the lives of the grandparents and children of these women, mirror-stories from their past and their future, capable to reflect their own lives.  


Selfie is part of a series of theatre productions created, as of 2009, within the Gherla Penitentiary, with the purpose of diversifying the activities dedicated to the inmates from the penitentiary system and of creating a connection between these persons and the “outside” world. Each time, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre was a partner in this project and these productions were performed once at the “Euphorion” Studio. 


The novelty this year is represented by the fact that this is now a production f the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre. As a result, the production will be included in our repertoire and will presented several times. In this context, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre is the first Romanian professional institution to embark in such a community project.