Free, but reservation required. (Tickets can be reserved here)
Fabrica Clujana / Clujana Factory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Date & Time
07, 09, 13 – 16 July, 2023 @ 18.00
As a country Romania has a rich history of people migration from and to all corners of Europe. Could this history inform a debate about the challenges facing a united Europe today? Employment, migration, identity? The latest form of migration is a perpetual transitioning back and forward from the birth-country to the work-country, neither of them being truly a “home” anymore. Sometimes as a migrant all you can call home is that feeling, encapsulated in the music that reminds you of the times you had at home, with all your dear ones close by.
Chapter 11 from Joyce’s Ulysses is the chapter about the Sirens, with much emphasis on the theme of the ‘other’, family relationships, the loss of loved ones, absence and presence. The public event which will take place in Cluj-Napoca will revisit this chapter from the perspective of the massive migration of Romanians abroad (of different ethnicity, gender, age and at different moments throughout history), and, more precisely, follow the effects of this migration on families.
The public event will be an immersive-promenade theatre performance, which will ensure a closer relationship between the audience and the production, its themes, and questions – it will invite participation and, implicitly, a more active role for the public. This theatrical collage will take place in a public space, a transitory space – an industrial site, a closed factory, which directly relates to the issue of job accessibility and employment, and, on a broader level, to the corruption and collapse of the Romanian political system, betrayals which represent some of the core reasons for Romanians’ decision to leave the country.
Through revisiting different moments in the long history of migration (work or politically related), the different reasons for leaving and the numerous effects that these departures have on families, our main goal is to question what the fundamental motives are of these quests, their benefits and downsides, as well as to identify possible ‘well-being’ resources for coping with the reality that after 1989 (when the communist system fell) between 3 and 4 million Romanians left their country and that now migration represents one of the key causes of population decrease from around 22,8 million at the 1992 census to around 19 million in 2022.
Script, concept and direction: Andreea Iacob
Assistant Director: Varga Hunor-József
Assistant Director: Mihai Gligan
Scenography: Gábor Zsófia
Musical composition: József Iszlai
Video creation: Ioana Ofelia, Octavian Șaramet
Videomapping: Diana Drăgan-Chirilă
Graphic design: Cristian Luchian
Moulding: Tudor Lucanu
Technical direction: Florin Suciu
Migration consultancy: Viorela Telegdi-Csetri
Migration documentation: Ioana Toloargă
PR coordination and volunteers: Raluca Bugnar, Teodora Minea
Artistic coordination: Diana Buluga
Project coordination: Diana Moga
With: Diana Buluga, Maialgesa Dat, Călin Deneș, Sorana Eșanu, József Iszlai, Raluca Lupan, Ana Maria Marin, Octavian Mic, Victor Muntean, Emőke Pál, Marcel Paramici, Ionela Pop, Ioana-Maria Repciuc, Clara Roman, Oana Rotaru, Salomeea Rusu, George Sfetcu
Video appearances: Andrei Bar, Dominic Big, Amalia Susana Bîrză Lupaș, Anuța Lăpuște, Lia-Lucia Retianu, Cornelia Mureșan
Duration: 120 minutes
IMPORTANT: For the event to run smoothly, it is essential to arrive at least 10 minutes before the time of your reservation. Otherwise, access will not be allowed in the performance hall.