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TNRS on tour with “Past Perfect” by Alexandra Badea, within the programme “Manifesto for Dialogue”, supported by BRD - Groupe Société Générale

29-Jan-2019

In 4-21 February 2019, the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre of Sibiu will perform “Past Perfect” by Alexandra Badea in seven Romanian cities: Arad, Timișoara, Bucharest, Galați, Brăila, Râmnicu Vâlcea and Sibiu, within the national tour “Manifesto for Dialogue” supported by BRD - Groupe Société Générale. All the performances included in the tour will be followed by a meeting between spectators and TNRS actors and by Q&A sessions. The tour ends on Thursday, 21 February 2019, with a representation for the audience in Sibiu.

Alexandra Badea, one of the most important directors and artists in France
After the first three years in which the Romanian audience saw performances such as “Families”, by Eugen Jebeleanu, “Antisocial” and “#minor”, by Bogdan Georgescu, this year, in the national tour “Manifesto for Dialogue”, TNRS presents the creation of one of the most important directors and artists in France: Alexandra Badea. “Past Perfect”, written and directed by Alexandra Badea, premiered on 17 April 2018 in Sibiu, as the author’s first text written in Romanian; the cast includes: Ioana Cosma, Ali Deac, Iustinian Turcu, Gabriela Pîrlițeanu, Fabiola Petri, Alexandru Malaicu, Oana Marin, Ștefan Tunsoiu, Alin Turcu, Emanuel Antonescu/Cristian Timbuș. The scenography is signed by Alexandra Badea, while the costumes and sets by Ana Ienașcu, and the music is an original creation by Claudiu Urse.

‘Past perfect is a text about the scars history has left on us, about the hatred and cowardice of the 40s, about the terror of the 50s, about the fear of the following years, about collaborators, and most of all, about those who resisted. About how a family passes through these periods, about how the political context destroys love, about how in a family, girls are always sacrificed to protect the future of boys, about how generations pass on the same ways of thinking, and most of all, about how today’s generation has the courage and the strength to look behind and clean up.’ Alexandra Badea, director and playwright

“Manifesto for Dialogue”, a unique project in the Romanian theatre landscape
The programme “Manifesto for Dialogue”, supported by BRD - Groupe Société Générale and created by the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu in partnership with the Sibiu International Theatre Festival and the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies at the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, started four years ago and, ever since the first edition, became a platform for dialogue between the audience and the artists, bringing forward topical subjects that are of interest for the Romanian society, and most especially stirring and building a constructive dialogue.

‘Manifesto for Dialogue is one of the most interesting programmes developed by the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu, alongside the Sibiu International Theatre Festival and the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies at the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu. The partnership between FITS and BRD - Groupe Société Générale has ensured that this programme survived, granting us the chance of a tour that very few Romanian theatre could organize today: a tour all around the country, within which all spectators can enjoy a talk with the new generation. Over the last three years, we have presented two directors, with three performances which raised great interest in Q&A sessions after each representation in each city. This February, thanks to this exceptional partnership with BRD - Groupe Société Générale, the director Alexandra Badea, one of the most important directors and artists in France – a guest artist of Théâtre National de la Colline (Paris) – proposes the performance “Past Perfect”, created especially for the three structures: TNRS, FITS and the Sibiu School of Drama. The show is a perfect example of the dedication of a great artist and of the youngsters who have accompanied her in this adventure for the Centenary we have recently celebrated. The history of a family seen through the eyes of three generations of descendants brings to the fore the drama, the poetry, the love, the need for tenderness, but also all the horror faced by these generations, starting from the First World War to this day. I would like to thank all the people who have put their heart and soul in this wonderful adventure and not least, in these difficult moments, I would like to send special thanks to our close partner, BRD - Groupe Société Générale.’
Constantin Chiriac, General Manager of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu, President of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival

The programme of the 2019 “Manifesto for Dialogue” tour:

  • 4 February 2019, 7 p.m. – Arad – “Ioan Slavici” Classical Theatre, Arad
  • 6 February 2019, 7 p.m. – Timișoara – German State Theatre
  • 13 February 2019, 7 p.m. – Bucharest – Arcub Hanul Gabroveni
  • 15 February 2019, 7 p.m. – Galați – Teatrul Dramatic “Fani Tardini”
  • 16 February 2019, 6 p.m. – Brăila – “Maria Filotti” Theatre
  • 20 February 2019, 7 p.m. – Râmnicu Vâlcea, “Anton Pann” Theatre
  • 21 February 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Sibiu, “Radu Stanca” National Theatre, Studio Hall.

Tickets for TNRS shows on tour can be purchased online, as well as in the theatre agencies of partner theatres.

About BRD - Groupe Société Générale
BRD Groupe Société Générale is a universal bank which provides services to both individuals and companies, and which is part of the Société Générale Group, one of the largest European financial services group. As a social actor, BRD invests in culture, education and sports, supporting projects that build, develop, and bring up a new generation resulting in long-term value. Culture and education are essential pillars for societal development, which is why BRD encourages innovative cultural or educational projects which can be recognised and appreciated by young people. With this vision in mind, we created Fundatia9, which coordinates programmes such as: Scena9, the BRD Scena9 Cultural Centre or the “Lucian Pintilie” Cinema Fund, and also finances classical music, contemporary art, and performing arts programmes, of which we only mention a few: the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, the National Theatre Festival, the Stradivarius Tour by Alexandru Tomescu or Sonoro Conac, a series of concerts in castles and manors.

In the field of education, BRD set up Școala9, a journalism platform about education, and especially supports programmes aimed at teachers in the formal system, as well as innovation and technology programmes, such as the robotics contest BRD First Tech Challenge or the Innovation Labs accelerator.

The Sibiu Department of Drama and Theatre Studies, one of the most active Romanian drama schools
The Department of Drama and Theatre Studies at the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu was established in 1997, when the active partnership between the artistic and the academic communities started. Since then, the collaboration between the two communities resulted in the creation of a positive context for all the parties involved in the theatre phenomenon in Sibiu, most especially for the Department’s students. Through the Department of Drama, the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu has become a traditional partner of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre and of the Sibiu Performing Arts Market, an important platform for artistic dialogue.
The three study lines offered by the Department of Drama (Acting, Theatre Studies/Cultural Management, and Choreography) play an essential role in the academic community in Sibiu, as the fundamental basis for the teaching and artistic creation activities is the students’ direct interaction, coordinated by their professors. In this context, the projects initiated and developed by students/actors benefit from the support of expert theatrologists and cultural managers. The Department’s artistic projects are presented to the local and international audience in the Centre for Advanced Research in the Performing Arts and Cultural Management (CAVAS).
Considering all the above-mentioned arguments, the students of the Department of Drama have the unique chance to collaborate with some of the best performing arts and cultural management experts in Romania and in the world: Silviu Purcărete, George Banu, Noel Witts, Mike Phillips, Jonathan Mills, Catherine Naugrette, Spencer Golub, Constantin Chiriac, Marian Râlea, Cristian Radu, etc. Besides, our students perform and produce shows which have travelled to and have won awards at some of the most important student theatre festivals in Europe and the world: The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War (Best Performance Award at the 2012 Istropolitana Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Look Back in Anger, Balul burlacilor, Aforisme pentru un actor tânăr, The French Teacher, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare International Festival, Essen 2013, Kufar Theatre Festival, Minsk, 2014, and Moscow Riverside Left Festival, 2015), The Good Person of Szechwan, ZBANG – A Musical ABBA Fantasy, Antisocial, People and Their Love.

Contact:
Claudia Maior – tour manager
+ 40 742 218 182 / claudia.domnicar@sibfest.ro
  
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