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Gianina Carbunariu

Sibiu / First time in France

The work of Gianina Carbunariu is published by éditions Actes Sud-Papiers and éditions L’Espace d’un instant.
Solitaritate © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


It all begins with the division of the room in which the audience is sitting. The actors trade rows of seats, leaving us the powerless pawns of some strange strategy game. Are they playing Battleships, or Monopoly®? Throughout Gianina Cărbunariu's play, the questions of positioning, posture, migration, property, and of the relationship between public and private sphere come back time and again. Civil servants discuss the optimal height of the wall—sorry, of the line of demarcation—which, in the city of Baia Mare, is to stand between the “historical” population and the Roma community. A couple weigh the pros and cons of hiring a Filipino nanny to help at home. A dead theatre icon, Eugenia Ionesco, is to be moved to the people's cemetery after her son sells her prestigious plot. In five sequences, Gianina Cărbunariu paints a harsh portrait of the Romanian urban middle class. Obsessed by a European ideal of success, it neglects its own history and what makes it unique to instead strive for the standard of living promoted by the media and by Brussels. Deftly using caricature and irony, Gianina Cărbunariu provides with Solitaritate, commissioned by the Villes en Scène/Cities on Stage project, an epic political show, critical towards her own country, but also towards Europe as a whole.

Horizontal Journal by Dan Perjovschi
Artist Dan Perjovschi created free expression boards that festival-goers can discover and enrich with their own texts and drawings, to grapple with the issues of the city and of our modern society. Created for the Radu Stanca National Theatre in Sibiu, Romania, Horizontal Journal follows Solitaritate on tour within the framework of the European project Moving Cities/Villes en Mouvement, which aims to strengthen the link between citizens and artistic creation.

19-27 July / Lycée Mistral, La FabricA ans the site Louis Pasteur of the University of Avignon


Text and direction Gianina Cărbunariu
Scenography, lighting and video Andu Dumitrescu
Music Bogdan Burlăcianu
Choreography Florin Fieroiu
Costumes Andrei Dinu

Florin Coşuleţ Personnage 5, Le représentant de la communauté rom, 
Le fils, Cosmin, Le frère de l'épouse du chauffeur de taxi 
Ali Deac Personnage 9, Le jeune, Le chauffeur de taxi Adi 
Diana Fufezan Personnage 7, Conseiller 2, La deuxième actrice, Andreea, L'épouse du frère 
Adrian Matioc Personnage 6, Il, Le camarade Marian 
Mariana Mihu Personnage 3, Le conseiller 1, Eugenia Ionescu, La mère du chauffeur de taxi et de Corina 
Ofelia Popii Personnage 2, Conseiller 3, La nounou philippine, Le critique 
de théâtre, Corina, La soeur du chauffeur de taxi 
Cristina Ragos Personnage 8, Elle, La première actrice 
Ciprian Scurtea Personnage 4, Le prêtre, Cristi, L'agent de recouvrement 
Marius Turdeanu Personnage 1, Le maire, Le technicien, Matei, Le mari de Corina



Production Théâtre National Radu Stanca Sibiu, Théâtre National/bruxelles
Coproduction Festival d'Avignon
With the support of Programme Culture de l'Union européenne, within the framework of Villes en Scène/Cities on Stage, Fondation BNP Paribas
Hosting in collaboration with the Rumanian Cultural Institut  

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