May 6, 2018 20:00
A production of Nottara Theatre
Adapted by Anca Maniutiu
Her: Catrinel Dumitrescu, Andrea Gavriliu
Him: Andi Vasluianu, Stefan Lupu
Directed by Mihai Maniutiu
Set Design: Adrian Damian
Choreography: Andrea Gavriliu
Original score: Mihai Dobre, Ana Teodora Popa
Sound design: Vladimir Ivanov
Light design: Cristian Simon, Andrei Florea
The play Winter by Jon Fosse is a strange and mysterious love story written by a playwright whose text seems to feed itself from that ethereal way of writing which was illustrated and theorized by Maurice Maeterlinck, as the “tragic of each day”.
In this text what is essential is not the exterior dialogue, what is uttered and heard, but the interior one, the one between the human being an his/her destiny and death. The theatrical structure of the play reminds me of another great figure of the 20th century theatre, Samuel Beckett, due to its touching potential to invest the ellipse – that is the void, the absence, the silence – with a power generating deep existential meaning. This is the power which allowed the team of this performance to experiment with a new stylistic and spectacular form within an abstract and ascetical set up – with the amazing and paradoxical capacity of bringing the winter inside and outside – which creates parallel worlds, where gravity and imponderability seem to mingle, and where real and spectral bodies evolve, amidst restrained impulses and devastating passions which talk about loneliness, about the need of an Other and about the difficulty to communicate.
Theatre director and writer Mihai Maniutiu graduated from the National University of Theatre and Cinema “I. L. Caragiale” in Bucharest. He is the Artistic and Executive Director of the National Theatre in Cluj, Romania. He has directed over eighty productions at important theatres in Romania and abroad (Great Britain, Belgium, Turkey), many of which have won awards for Best Director of the Year (1998, 2002, 2003, 2005), Originality (1991) and Best Production of the Year (1993, 1999). His production of Richard III was nominated in 1994 for Best Touring Production in Great Britain by Theatre Awards UK, and his production of Electra at the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu was awarded the Critics Prize at the National UNITER Gala in Bucharest in 2005, and the main three awards – Best director, Best leading actress, and Best adaptation of a classical text – at the 2008 International Classic Theatre Festival in Merida, Spain. His productions have toured in Great Britain, Belgium, France, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Canada, Egypt, Austria, Hungary, Finland, Serbia, Brazil, South Korea, Israel, Cyprus, Macedonia and elsewhere.