a concept by: Ştefana Pop-Curşeu
set and costumes design: Tudor Lucanu
video concept: Daria Ioan
stage manager: Doru Bodrea
lights technician: Alexandru Corpodean, Ionuț Maier
sound and video projection: Vasile Crăciun
A name in a book...
Three centuries have passed since the death of one of the exemplary figures of Romanian History, the voivode Constantin Brâncoveanu, a living presence in our memories through his and his three sons heroic death, executed in 1714 in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, and also through the many churches constructed during his reign, and, in the Western tradition, a true patron of the arts and culture of the time. Today a saint of the Orthodox Church, he wasn’t much praised during his reign. Many criticized his pragmatism, his acute sense of the value of money, his diplomatic strategies, his political alliances and his servile attitude in front of the greedy viziers and magistrates from Istanbul.
The table-read performance Brâncoveanu 300 proposes an incursion into the life of this controversial, envied, praised, criticized, admired, betrayed and canonized character, through a series of testimonies (documents, literary and plastic works) throughout this 300 hundred year history. One can thus ask: have the times changed so much that Brâncoveanu is now only an effigy, an icon on a church wall or a book on shelf? Can we still have, today, a live, organic connection with this great contemporary of the more famous Dimitrie Cantemir? Beyond a supremacy battle between the raven and the unicorn, a less "hieroglyphical" history needs to be deciphered, still valid today, one of a nation always captive between the neighboring powers, always faced with impossible and unfortunate (for the people) decisions, always dangerous for those unable to bribe the right person at the right moment. The story however, goes beyond tributes, taxes and pledges and focuses on the human soul, on parental love, on love for one’s country and faith, on a destiny that knew how to dance with death and win... through art.
7,5 lei - discounts for pupils, students, pensioners.