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Performance of Kali Traš (Black Fear) by Giuvlipen Theatre Company, Romania
On the Roma Genocide during the Second World War
Giuvlipen Theatre Company and State Jewish Theater presented a performance of Kali Traš (Black Fear) by Giuvlipen Theatre Company from Bucharest, Romania on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 25 October 2019.
With: Zita Moldova, Mihaela Dragan, Claudiu Dumitru, Ninel Petrache, Dragoman Mircea
Author: Mihai Lukaks
Dramaturgy: Mihaela Dragan
Directed by: Mihai Lukacs
Stage design: Iulia Toma
Movement: Paul Dunca, Ana Costea
Kali Traš is not just another story. Kali Traš is probably the most important and painful story of the Roma. Kali Traš (Romani for "Black Fear") is one of the names Roma people gave to the ethnic extermination initiated by the fascist regime during the Second World War.
Together with a nomad Roma theatre group, we travel back to last century and witness a fragment of the Roma Holocaust. Starting from surivor Valerica Stanescu's book, we discover how the lives of a group of actors, puppeteers, musicians and fortunetellers change when they are deported to the camps in Transnistria. While under inhumane conditions, fighting cold, hunger and cholera, they dream to return to their home. Will they manage to go back to Romania? If not, who will preserve the memory of the suffering they underwent and the hope that history will not be repeated? How will they return to their merry theatre, after the grotesque spectacle of the genocide?
Giuvlipen Theatre Company was called by Reuters “the avant-garde of Roma revolution” for the provocative and controversial debates it creates around contemporary social issues. In the past couple of years, Giuvlipen has initiated an innovative movement which aims to represent Roma theatre as contemporary, experimental and progressive. Giuvlipen performances use comical mechanisms to comment on serious matters, such as structural racism and gender inequalities.
The performance is part of the project "Roma theater is not nomad: The memory of Transnistria".
Language: Romanian and Romani, with English subtitles
Duration: 100 minutes
Premiere: 6 June 2018
Produced by Giuvlipen Theater company and State Jewish Theater
Hosted by State Jewish Theater
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