Volume “Theater as Resistance. People…

Launch of the “Theater as Resistance” folder. Theatrical people in security archives”, by Christina Modriano, recently published by Polirum Publishing House, will be launched on Thursday, 19.00, at the Humanitas Kretzulescu Library in Bucharest (Calea Victoriei 45).


They will speak alongside the authors: Oana Cristea Grigorescu, Alex Tocilescu and Matei Martin. The release will be followed by a signing session.

“What we know about resistance in the case of theatrical players is only what has raged abroad – banned shows, big scandals, over-views of some productions, replacement of directors. Myths replace history for Roman theater. But ‘resistance through culture’ is not just about extreme gestures. and astonishing courage, capable of drawing the attention of international public opinion at once, in order to stir up debate about a criminal or repressive regime.As useful and admirable as these gestures of dissent are, is the courage of those who commit them, assuming immeasurable personal risks, the least acts of resistance Pronounced, which is repeated throughout the career of some artists, is still important. […] The perpetual struggle of “cultural guerrilla”, this dangerous “ballet” whose steps may seem absurd or outdated today, devoid of meaning or efficiency – in a world dominated by competence reported through clearly appreciable indicators – was at the time a silent statement and distracting, but indicative of a moral stance taken by some people who have refused to be “below the times” altogether, exercising their conscience and inner freedom and urging others, in one form or another, openly to do so,” says the author in the book’s argument.

After launch in Bucharest, the volume will be shown in Timisoara and Cluj. In Timisoara, during the Eurothalia European Theater Festival: Thursday, September 29, 6:00 pm, German State Theatre. The volume will be spoken by Ada Hausfatter, director of the National Theater of Timisoara, and Lucien Ferchandan, director of the German State Theatre.

There will be two events in Cluj dedicated to the new volume signed by Christina Modriano. On Saturday 1 October, starting at 3:30 pm, at the National Theater of Cluj-Napoca, as part of the “International Encounters of Cluj”, the book will be presented by the university professor. Anca Haţiegan, and on Tuesday 4 October, 6:30 pm, at the Humanitas Library in Cluj, they will talk about the recently published volume by Professor Dr. Mirona Runkan and university professor d. Liviu Maliţa, Dean of the School of Theater and Film at UBB.

In November this year, the volume will also be released during the National Theater Festival (Bucharest, 5-13 November 2022, Edition No. 32).

Historian Adrian Cioroyano writes in the epilogue of the book: “Those who knew Cristina Modriano as a journalist and playwright will be gladly fascinated to learn more about her recent ‘police’ interests: in recent years she has already worked in historical research, and today she is affiliated with the University of Babis Polyai from Kluge as a scholar.The subject covered is a worthy one: the history of theater as part of the history of the Roman world during the communist regime.Being, in relation to society, a “total” and totalitarian system, communism cannot be absent from the theater scene.The messages conveyed here, and the characters it created Screenwriters, great directors or actors with a plug in the audience were, logically, in the interest of security.Christina Modriano was curious to look up these files in CNSAS.Beginning with an initial case study focused on theaters in Timisoara, and later extending to Bucharest, researching The author on the logic of aesthetic “escape” that has become a style of opposition to some intellectuals against the political system.I share the book’s thesis: the dominant discourse today insists on civic obedience and collective consensus of Romanians from the 1950s and 1980s A century ago, but in fact, Romania under the communist regime was the scene of subtle but persistent confrontations: artists rebelled through “repeated acts of non-conformity,” “refusal to submit” and “a tireless fumbling for the boundaries drawn by censorship,” as the author explains here. This book brilliantly proves the truth: yes, in communist Romania there was resistance through culture.

Cristina Modriano is theater critic and historian, performing arts coordinator, researcher at the Janofix Center for Screen Studies and Performing Arts at the Faculty of Theater and Film at the University of Babes Bolyai and Editor-in-Chief of the Performing Arts magazine Scena.ro. Since 2020, he has been coordinating the multimedia dictionary of the Romanian Theater Project (www.dmtr.ro), produced by the Romanian Association for the Promotion of Performing Arts, in partnership with the “Babeş-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca and the University of Arts in Târgu-Mureş (AFCN Heritage Activation Award Intangible, 2021). She has a PhD in Theater (UNATC Bucharest) and a Fulbright alumnus and has been a visiting scholar at the Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He published six books on theater in Romanian and many articles on Roman theater (at home and abroad). A History of Roman Theater from Communism to Capitalism: Children of a Turbulent Time is her first book in English, published by Routledge in 2020.

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