Directed by: Julia Roesler
Duration: 90 min.
Set Design: Adrian Damian
Music: Kim Efert
Artistic Direction: Julia Roesler
Documentation: Julia Roesler, Silke Merzhäuser, Gina Călinoiu
Music original: Kim Efert
Scenography and costumes: Adrian Damian
Costume Assistant: Veronika Kaleja
Text: Silke Merzhäuser, Axel Preuß
Translator: Alexandru Sterescu
Genre of the show: drama
Translation: Alexandru Sterescu
Decoration: Adrian Damian
Costumes: Adrian Damian
Assistant Director: Max Hanisch
Scenography Assistant: Veronika Kaleja
Technical direction: George Dulămea, Mircea Vărzaru
Assistant Director: Max Hanisch
Trainee assistants: Florian Berghöfer, Merle Kirchberger, Hanna Puder
Technical Direction:: George Dulămea, Mircea Vărzaru
Technical direction: Ralf Wrobel
Light coordinator: Frank Kaster
Light equipment: Jörg Schmidt
Sound director: Burkhard Brunner
Costume director: Ernst Herlitzius
Director of masks: Nicolaus Guth
Director of workshops: Petra Röder
Production engineer: Stephan Busemann
locksmiths: Armin Zühlke
Coordinator protocol: Sonja Bähr
Joinery: Peter Kranzmann
Decorations and furniture directory: Axel Schneider
Machinists: Cristi Petec, Stan Alin
Sound: George Udrea
Lights: Dodu Ispas
Props: Nina Răducanu
Cabins: Lavinia Petec Mariana Săceanu
Makeup: Minela Popa
O călătorie spre o generație abandonată, realizată de werkgruppe2
Un proiect în colaboare dintre Teatrul Național „Marin Sorescu”, Teatrul de Stat Braunschweig și werkgruppe2
»The Art of Aging« is a participant in the Cultural Programs of the European Commission.
»The Art of Aging« is an international project of ETC in collaboration with Braunschweig State Theater and National Theater »Marin Sorescu« Craiova, Romania.
With: Gabriela Baciu, Gina Călinoiu, Sven Hönig, Oliver Simon and Kim Efert (musician)
Premiere Craiova 28.09.2014, 19.00 - "Ion D. Sîrbu" studio room
Premiera Braunschweig 23.10.2014 Hausbar, Großes Haus
Duration of the performance approx. 90 minutes, no intermission
Save the Children – Romania; World Vision – Romania; Goethe-Institut Bucharest.
Julia Roesler (Art Direction & Documentation) studied cultural sciences and aesthetics in Hildesheim. Since graduating, he has been working as an independent artistic director and theater pedagogue, regularly giving lectures at the Braunschweig Faculty of Arts. He is a founding member of werkgruppe2.
Kim Efert (Music) studied jazz guitar and instrument pedagogy at the Faculty of Music in Cologne. He works as a freelance musician and lecturer at the Faculty of Music in Detmold. He collaborated on several theater performances with werkgruppe2 ("Me and the Donkey«), Tom Kühnel ("Parsifal«) and Thomas Ostermeier ("Measure for Measure").
Adrian Damian (Scenography), a graduate of U.N.A.T.C.- Bucharest, continues his studies as a doctoral student with the research topic »Special effects, scenographic applications and intelligent objects in the theater performance«. He signed more than 30 set designs, the last collaboration being with Robert Wilson at the National Craiove.
Gabriela Baciu (actress) studied at U.N.A.T.C. - Bucharest. Since 1989, he has been part of the artistic collective of the National Theater »Marin
Sorescu" from Craiova. She performed several roles in films and collaborated on TV and Radio productions for which she was awarded several prizes. Since 2009 he obtained the title of Doctor in the field of Theatre.
Gina Călinoiu (actress) since 2001 is part of the artistic collective of the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater in Craiova. He has worked with important theater creators such as Anatoly Vassiliev, Eugenio Barba and Thomas Richards, and is currently also a university lecturer. PhD at the University of Craiova.
Sven Hönig (actor) studied at the »Ernst-Busch« Theater Arts Faculty Berlin. He is a member of the international theater company »fliegende fische« and since 2010 he has been employed at the Braunschweig State Theater. Apart from this it can often be seen on the small and big screen.
Oliver Simon (actor) studied at the »Ernst-Busch« Theater Arts Faculty Berlin. Since 2004, he has been a member of the international theater company »fliegende fische«, with which he made an eight-month tour in India and Nepal. Since 2010 he has been part of the permanent troupe of the State Theater in Braunschweig.
Photos: Volker Beinhorn
Julia Roesler, Isabel Winarsch, Kim Efert, Eva Philippi, Sven Hönig, Oliver Simon, Nina Stiller, Gina Călinoiu, Lyubov Weidner, Gabriela Baciu, Florin Chirea, Adrian Damian, Adi Bulboacă
National Theater »Marin Sorescu« Craiova, Strada Alexandru Ioan Cuza, no. 11, 200585, Craiova, Dolj, Romania, Director General: Mircea Cornișteanu & Staatstheater Braunschweig, Am Theater, 38100 Braunschweig, Germany, Director General: Joachim Klement
In 2060, the average age in the EU will be around 48 years. Under the title »The Art of Aging«, eight member theaters of the European Theater Convention (ETC) are organizing long-term partnerships to discuss this issue - one such partnership is the one between the »Marin Sorescu« National Theater in Craiova and the of Braunschweig State. At the request of the two theaters, the artistic collective of werkgruppe2 realized the bilingual theater project Strawberries and Orphans / Erdbeerwaisen. CTE is the most important network of theaters in Europe, which connected more than 40 public theaters in 25 countries. The purpose of this network is to achieve intercultural exchanges and cultural education, as well as the initiation of transnational projects and the defense of theater interests in dialogue with the EU institutions. »The Art of Aging« is financially supported by the EU Culture Program 2007-2013.
The "Marin Sorescu" National Theater in Craiova has a special place in the history of Romanian theater. Founded in 1850, it has withstood all the difficulties and turbulences that Romania had to go through. In 1956, a whole class of actors, graduates of the Bucharest Theater Institute, together with their teacher, Vlad Mugur, were employed in Craiova. Over the years, they became the Golden Generation of the Romanian theater. The period 1989-2012 represented a special artistic moment, marked by the collaboration with the director Silviu Purcărete whose shows were presented in over 120 international festivals and rewarded with multiple awards. The "Marin Sorescu" National Theater Craiova is the first theater in Eastern Europe to become a member of the European Theater Convention (CTE).
Fondat în 1690, Teatrul de Stat Braunschweig este unul dintre primele teatre publice din Germania. »Emilia Galotti« a lui Lessing și »Faust – tragedia primei părți« a lui Goethe au avut premiera pe această scenă. Teatrul de stat este o instituție modernă cu cinci secții artistice și aproape 500 de angajați. Anual au loc 30 de premiere de teatru, teatru muzical, dans, teatrul pentru copii și tineret și concerte ale Orchestrei de Stat. Din 2010 Festivalul »Fast Forward« s-a consacrat ca o platformă
unică pentru regizorii europeni tineri. Din același an, Teatrul de Stat este membru al CTE.
werkgruppe2 is an independent theater company whose performances take place in the Luisenhall Saltworks in Göttingen, a unique saltworks in Europe. werkgruppe2 creates theater-documentary pieces based on interviews. Performed musical-theatre shows, which are always in search of new forms of expression in dialogue with various artistic fields. The performances are performed by groups of actors and musicians, renowned in the German theater space.
The title »Strawberries and Orphans« (in German »Erdbeerwaisen«) defines a generation of children from Romania, whose parents left the country to work in countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece or Germany. Parents are called "strawberries", regardless of whether they work as carers for the elderly or do seasonal work, whether they are workers in construction, shipyards or butchers. It is estimated that 5,000,000 Romanians work abroad, including those employed illegally, representing a fifth of the active Romanian workforce. When the parents are abroad, their children stay at home in the country. The "Strawberries and Orphans" project debates the "price" of parental absence: How are families reorganized? Who takes care of absent parents? Who can replace them? Where is their lack felt most acutely? What long-term emotional impact does this have on the children and the entire family? The »Strawberries and Orphans« project is based on a long documentary. In 2013, in September and November, the team of artists from werkgruppe2 collaborated with several NGOs and got to know a series of social cases from Craiova and Dolj county. The interviews revealed the daily life of some families in difficult situations. The dramatic text is the exclusive result of discussions with children, grandparents and their relatives.
The interviews were conducted with the help of a translator and took place in the homes or yards of these families. Most of the time children and grandparents were separated during these discussions. The questions for the children focused on topics such as: life without parents, school, future plans and living with grandparents. On the other hand, the dialogues with grandparents were about retirement (which is often difficult), responsibility for children and family, social assistance as well as their own goals in life. The results were translated into a dramatic scenario that reveals emotional aspects of everyday life, but also aspects related to the issue of Romania's entry into the EU and its consequences. Thus, it revealed a generation of grandparents who do not know the conditions of a secure life with retirement, as well as the fact that many families live in precarious situations from a financial point of view. All interviews were recorded anonymously, transcribed and translated into a dramatic script. The stories of the interviewed persons are performed on stage by four actors, two from the permanent troupe of the Braunschweig State Theater and two from the National Theater »Marin Sorescu« Craiova.
Photography, filming, audio and video recordings, as well as the use of mobile communication devices are strictly prohibited during the performance. Please turn off cell phones during the performance.