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Dante's Journey - Poesis Theater

„Amza Pellea” Hall


Collaborating actors

after Divina Comedie, de Dante Alighieri (*realizat cu prilejul împlinirii a 700 de ani de la moartea lui Dante – 14 sept. 1321)

Translation: Eta Boeriu

Recital by actor Emil Boroghina, Honorary Member of the Craiova National Theatre

Scenario: Emil Boroghină and Alina Hiristea

Art direction and musical illustration: Alina Hiristea

Literary consultant: Radu Aldulescu

Video editing and concept: Ciprian Duică

Technical direction: Cristian Petec

Premiere date: 28 May 2021 at the Amza Pellea Hall of the "Marin Sorescu" National Theatre in Craiova

Inspired by the Divine Comedy, 700 years after it continues to fascinate lovers of literature around the world, Dante's Journey is an extraordinary recital by actor Emil Boroghina. The Poesis Theatre programme, supported by the Marin Sorescu National Theatre in Craiova and the Nottara Theatre, in partnership, is dedicated this year to the Year of Dante, bringing to the centre of our lives, for an hour and a quarter, the essential questions posed by the pandemic, the return to the self to which we have all been urged, forced, perhaps, by circumstances, to resort. Critic George Banu says: "In Emil Boroghina, what captivates is a cello-like sonority /.../: behind the verses we identify the subtly modulated discretion of a performer who exposes himself in all his humanity! The recital is also an emotional x-ray." So Dante Alighieri's wonderful text will be performed on the stage of the Nottara Theatre and the National Theatre of Craiova, in the form of poetry theatre, by actor Emil Boroghina.

In essence, the Divine Comedy is nothing less than the marvellous poem of infinite love and the pain of the homeland. No one idolised his ungrateful but always adored homeland more than Dante Alighieri, a passionate singer of its magnificent beauties, which place it among the wonders of planet Earth, or of its glorious past history. No one has lamented her more deeply for her present misfortunes. This powerful voice of Italianness, added to the harmonious beauties of the poem, has made the Divine Comedy at once a national and universal poem.” – Alexandru Balaci

Excerpts from the chronicles:

  • "Emil Boroghină succeeds on stage, in real time, synchronously, what Tarkovsky accomplished in the film, with the help of montage: to enter the Zone, the Space, to inhabit it, to suspend Time and offer that moment of Love, Hope and truth. This posture of Faith is, at Emil Boroghină, a journey that is hard to imagine. (…) We witnessed a murmured prayer, not shouted, without emphasis, a kind of transgression of the perceptible planes and worlds. What a text and what a self-confession, what a load that places the artistic act of master Boroghină in the area of the miracle, the divine! (…) Emil Boroghină sacrifices himself, as a result, like a martyr, becoming an Artist a Priest, a priest and last but not least, a guide." (Florentin Streche - Emil Boroghină and the "journey" towards (his) Dantesque world / Regal Literar magazine, June 7, 2021)
  • "Once the lights of the theater dimmed, the whispers died out and the stage became, for more than an hour, like a temple in which the priest, holding the Book tightly in his hands, engulfed all those present in the charm of the officiating. The book is, moreover, a symbol present in all of Emil Boroghină's recitals. (…) The verses flowed smoothly or swirling, tender or fierce, transporting everyone on the journey through Dante's songs. (...) From the pathos with which he devotes himself to his mission, I derive his vast culture, the love for what will last forever and, above all, the desire to transmit, from the great poetry, to all those who want not to forget, to those who want to find out, to those who want to penetrate the ineffable, beauty, nobility, what elevates and transcends." (Iolanda Mănescu – Dante 700 / Mozaicul magazine,6-7 / 2021)
  • "Emil Boroghină melted, it seems to me, his tireless memory, in the golden sounds of the verse, offering his faithful spectators, performances of ... collection. A singular one, in turn, that will pour out as a well-deserved blessing, in his lifelong dream project, that of a poetic theater. Finally, fulfilled under the brand name ... POESIS. (…) Emil Boroghină doesn't love the emphasis, so typical of acting creation, he ignores the exuberance, the gesture pushed towards the spectacular gratuitousness of the boulevard rhetoric, his recitals fold on the secret acoustics of the syllable, the word and the verse in the most natural twinning." (George Popescu – Divine Dantesque journey in a wonderful theatrical performance – Emil Borogină under the spell of Poetry/Mozaicul magazine,6-7 / 2021)


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