The Broken Jug / Ulciorul sfărâmat
In a Romanian “bigger village or a smaller town”, the visit of a Brussels official disturbs the life of the inhabitants, especially of the Court employees, who must solve a difficult case on the spot, in front of the representative of the European Commission order. The attempt to settle this apparently unsolvable case, in which a woman accuses one of the young men that he “shattered her daughter’s jug”, is complemented by choreography and live music scenes, used by the director, Dominic Friedel, to create a sharp critique of Romanian contemporary society and of European institutions, as well as to pay homage to the beautiful Romanian folklore, whose message is still very topical. Armin Petras’ adaptation of the text by Heinrich von Kleist is an almost cynical overview of interhuman and institutional relations under the sign of corruption, vices, and power.
“The Broken Jug”, staged by the National Theatre in Sibiu, is first and foremost an exercise of admiration for the everlasting artistic values of Romania, which despite facing the accelerated globalization process, keeps alive the pure energy allowing us to live both in the present, and in the past, as Armin Petras puts it. In spite of the countless justice issues faced by Europe, the great quality of the Romanian space lies in its capacity to preserve its traditions, to preserve the “jug” holding all the traditional forms of artistic expression, which we can use to fight against the plague of being uprooted or even against the compromises of justice that could condemn us to a sterile cyclicality, under absurd leaders who continue to exercise their power unhinderedly, even if their actions are very much corrupt.
Oscillating between tragicomedy and autochthonous musical, TNRS’ “Broken Jug” brings the Professional Folk Ensemble “Cindrelul - Junii Sibiului” alongside the actors for the first time, and acts as a lucid glance over the contemporary European community, and a love statement for the purifying force of Romanian folklore.
The Broken Jug
after Heinrich von Kleist
(PERFORMANCE WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
CONCEPT AND SCRIPT: Armin Petras
DIRECTED BY: Dominic Friedel
SCENOGRAPHY: Karoline Bierner and Alin Gavrilă
ORIGINAL MUSIC AND MUSIC PRODUCTION: Vasile Șirli
TRANSLATED INTO ROMANIAN BY: Silvana Prodan
TEXT ADAPTATION: Emőke Boldizsár and Claudia Maior
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Emőke Boldizsár
PROJECT MANAGER: Claudia Maior
CONTEMPORARY DANCE CHOREOGRAHY: Adriana Bârză Cârstea
CAST: Marius Turdeanu (Adam), Pali Vecsei (Licht), Fabiola Petri (Eve), Diana Văcaru – Lazăr (Marthe Rull –Eve’s mother), Florin Coșuleț (Ruprecht Tümpel), Simona Negrilă (Miss Brgitte), Daniel Plier (Walter), Raluca Iani (Grete), Emőke Boldizsár (Liese), Cristina Juks (beautiful woman), Dana Lăzărescu (Adam’s mother), Vlad Robaș (Leberecht), Adrian Matioc (Tümpel, Ruprecht’s father), Eduard Pătrașcu (Tümpel’s brother, Ruprecht’s uncle), Viorel Rață (court clerk), Iustinian Turcu (Adam’s son), Rodica Mărgărit (cook)Contemporary dance choreography: Adriana Bârză-Cârstea. With the extraordinary participation of the Professional Folk Ensemble “Cindrelul - Junii Sibiului”
CHEOREOGRAPHY: Silvia Macrea
Musicians: Gabriel Popescu (violin), Nicușor Balea (tárogató), Petre Vițelar (accordion), Ciprian Oprea (double bass)
Dancers: Monica Maria Negrea, Maria Iulia Mutruc, Ileana Maria Bulz, Denisa Andreea Radu, Alina Georgiana Rînjeu, Adriana Maria Ioniță, Ilie Marian Marin, Silviu Florin Negrea, Ioan Bogdan Mutruc, Dragoș Constantin Boriga, George Sebastian Ștreng, Grigore Florin Bulz
PERFORMANCE NOT RECOMMENDED TO AUDIENCES UNDER 12 YEARS OLD.
CO-PRODUCTION BETWEEN THE ROMANIAN AND THE GERMAN DEPARTMENTS.