Co-productions of TT with regional, national and international culture institutions aim at promoting the cooperation among artists from different institutions and spaces, gaining visibility among an increasing number of spectators, establishing the TT’s brand as an important landmark on the national and international theatre map.
ANTONIO AND BEATRIX is a co-production of Companhia de Teatro de Braga / Theatro Circo in Portugal and The Theatre of Youth Piatra Neamț, developed with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Lisbon. The performance premiered on 26 June 2018, staged again in Braga on 27 and 28 June, then in Barcelos on 30 June.
It premiered in Romania in October, as part of the Piatra Neamț Theatre Festival.
Text: Abel Neves
Director: Rui Madeira
Set design: Acácio Carvalho
Costumes: Manuela Bronze
Translation into Romanian: Marinela Banioti
With: Nora Covali, Rogerio Boane
In the citadel of transplants, Beatrix visits Antonio. The citadel is a space of advanced science where medicine raises life expectation. Antonio is one of those chosen to survive more. But why was he chosen, why not someone else? Which will be the price? Somewhere, sometimes in the future, in a tank with lives under control, words and facts make a difference, and Beatrix is very different from Antonio. Capable to dominate Antonio’s existence (her intellect is of a distinct nature), she decides to join him. The power is occult, and young Antonio and Beatrix, like many others, experience true love, defying power, prejudice, and death.
The text of the Portuguese playwright Abel Neves was written for the 2017-18 season at the Braga Theatre Company, whose topic was ’frontiers’.
WE’VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR 100 YEARS is a co-production with The Theatre of Youth in a partnership with “Anton Pann” Theatre in Râmnicu Vâlcea, “Ioan Slavici” Classical Theatre in Arad, West Theatre in Reșița and ATARAXIA Association in Râmnicu Vâlcea. This is the largest national co-production in Romania, funded by the Ministry of Culture through the Centenary of the Grand Unification and ANCF.
The performance, premiered in October, employs a text by Vlad Tăușance and is directed by Ștefan Iordănescu. Dorotheea Iordănescu is the set designer, music comes from Ildiko Fogarassy, and Lucian Moga is the light designer.
The cast: Ana Maria Cizler and Camelia Ghinea (West Theatre in Reșița), Lucreția Mandric and Daniel Beșleagă (The Theatre of Youth in Piatra Neamț), Andrei Cătălin and Andrei Brădean (“Anton Pann” Theatre in Râmnicu Vâlcea), Iulia Dinu and Sorin Calotă (“Ioan Slavici” Classical Theatre in Arad).
The performance explores the signification of the Unification, the symbols big and small that bring us together as Romanians, beyond formal pose and official discourses. We envisaged the performance as a series of moments easy for the public to assume, a collection of contexts bringing together Romanians from various areas and social backgrounds, following several characters pushed beyond their confort zone by tensions of prejudice, and seduced by the charm of common wisdom. Seeking a personal future and an assumed history, such characters experience solidarity and challenge things taken for granted, re-writing together possible definitions of Romania then and now. Authentic dialogue, true anecdotes, local atmosphere articulate a narrative easy to relate to, encouraging the public to add their own experiences and significations.