Future is Feminine – New Voices in Romanian Theater in New York

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The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (RCINY) presents: Future is Feminine – New Voices in Romanian Theater

Ibsen Incorporated, directed by Catinca Drăgănescu & Me. A Dollhouse, directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu will be presented at HERE Arts Center  

145 6th Ave, New York, NY 10013 (Enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring)


November 15-20, 2016 “Future Is Feminine – New Voices in Romanian Theater” introduces American audiences to innovative Romanian women artists who are remixing Ibsen in two theater performances: “Ibsen Incorporated” and “Me. A Dollhouse. More than 25 years after the fall of Communism, take a look at the world through the eyes of a new generation of theater-makers. Curated by theater critic Cristina Modreanu, the event is presented by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York (RCINY), with support from Drama League – New York, Bucharest Odeon Theater, Bucharest Comedy Theater, Romanian Association for Performing Arts and Ibsen Scholarships.

RCINY is also announcing a round table with special guest directors Catinca Drăgănescu and Carmen Lidia Vidu and actresses Valentina Zaharia (“Ibsen Incorporated”) and Aura Călărașu (“Me. A Dollhouse”), moderated by theater critic Cristina Modreanu. The event will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7pm, at the RCINY Auditorium (200 East 38th St., New York, NY 10016. Free Admission

Ibsen Incorporated – The School Corporation (Nov. 15 16, 7 pm)

A rare example of “devised theater” on the Romanian stage, “Ibsen Incorporated” is, to quote director Catinca Drăgănescu, “a way to investigate the influence of the capitalist society upon fundamental human relationships and the ways in which these relationships are reconfigured today”. In this show satire becomes a great weapon for social critique.

Production team:  Concept & Directing: Catinca Drăgănescu  Dramaturgy: Mihaela Michailov  Set design: Bogdan Costea & Andrei Morariu  Choreography: Mihaela Culda  Assisting director: Daniel Buglea  Video: Andrei Morariu  Cast: Dana Voicu, Silvana Negruțiu, Valentina Zaharia, Elena Popa & Ana Turos

Performance in Romanian with English surtitles.  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS_42Qscv3Q  Excerpt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGVK9MzVWpY  For Tickets & Information: visit www.here.org or call 212-352-3101

Me. A Dollhouse – Nora Remix (Nov. 18 19, 7 pm & Nov. 20, 2 pm)

A lonely woman on the stage relives powerful memories… The sensorial world in which she lives is born out of vibrant, dynamic video projections, that tell a fascinating story. A soprano sings what she cannot say. The very personal performance, in which Carmen Lidia Vidu is emotionally mixing Ibsen, noir film and live music, is inspired by Nora from “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen and creates a hypnotic, poetic, yet also aggressive, atmosphere.

Production team:  Screenplay and directing: Carmen Lidia Vidu  Actress: Aura Călărașu  Singer: Cătălina Antal  Set-design: Constantin Ciubotaru  Music composed and recorded by Ovidiu Chihaia  Video: Cristina Baciu/ Mask: Cristina Mihaela Rădulescu

Performance in Romanian with English surtitles.  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCq2IyHBzUU  For Tickets & Information: visit www.here.org or call 212-352-3101


Catinca Drăgănescu (b. 1984) is an independent artist and activist. She holds an MA in directing from the National University of Theater and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest where she is now a PhD candidate. She is the author of over 25 performances and artistic interventions and the creator and coordinator of the debate-performance platform called Romania Under the Radar, since 2013. Drăgănescu is an award-winning director and the recipient of a Residency at The Citizen Artist Incubator, IIASA, Laxenberg, Austria (September 2016) and at the DRAMA LEAGUE New York (October 2016).

Carmen Lidia Vidu (b. 1980, Arad) graduated from the National University of Theater and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest in 2003. She directs plays, film, and cultural events. She has directed 12 shows for the most prominent stages in the Romanian capital – The National Theater, Odeon and Nottara, as well as for independent theaters, such as the Act Theater, Green Hours and Godot Café Theater. She was awarded the Gopo Prize for her short film “A Shot History of Astra Film” in 2015. She is the youngest director who has ever been invited to direct for the National Theater in Bucharest. Today, she is the best known multimedia director from Romania.

Cristina Modreanu (b.1974) is a curator, theater critic and expert in performing arts, based in Bucharest, Romania. She holds a PhD in theatre from the National University of Theater and Film in Bucharest and she is currently the editor of the Performing Arts Magazine “Scena.ro “. Modreanu is the curator of the annual Bucharest International Theater Platform and of the project Hedda’ s Sisters. Empowering women artists in Romania is part of the production framework for three Ibsen shows, including the two presented at HERE. She is also a Fulbright Alumna and a former Visiting Scholar at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Performance Studies Department (2011-2012). www.cristinamodreanu.com 

Useful LINKS:  Romanian Cultural Institute in New York: www.icrny.org  HERE Arts Center: www.here.org  Drama League New York: http://www.dramaleague.org


This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE: a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

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