The 2016/2017 season’s two outstanding productions, namely Rosmersholm, directed by Andriy Zholdak, and The Lower Depths, staged by Yuri Kordonsky, return to the stage of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj in 2019. The first performance of Rosmersholm in the new year will take place on Friday, January 18, at 6 pm in the Main Hall, while The Lower Depths is scheduled for Sunday, January 20, at 7 pm, in the studio space built upon the Main Stage.
Theatre critic Mircea Morariu stated the following concerning the production: “In Zholdak’s production we find passion, visceral elements, uncontrolled and at times perverse impulses. We find the same valuation of Beate's ghost, the woman who is in the way of Rosmer and Rebecca's happiness even beyond death. (...) All that is good in Andriy Zholdak's conception of the performance is undoubtedly ennobled by the excellent team of actors who make up the exceptional cast of this performance. I will repeat their names, with deep reverence, and solidarity - Balázs Bodolai, Éva Imre (a revelation!), Rita Sigmond, Gábor Viola, Gizella Kicsid.”
The Bánffy Miklós Prize award ceremony will take place on the evening of January 18, following the performance of Rosmersholm. With the support of the Quadro Gallery, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj’s Artistic Council awarded the prize to Éva Imre, for her portrayal of Rosmersholm’s Rebecca.
The Lower Depths – which premiered at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj in October 2016, and was directed by Yuri Kordonsky - is perhaps the most inspired work of all of Gorky's stage works; it’s a controversial, stunning text that is still relevant today. The cast of the work is made up of the following actors: Attila Orbán, Imola Kézdi, Éva Imre, Gábor Viola, Loránd Farkas, Júlia Laczó, Anikó Pethő, Sándor Keresztes, Ervin Szűcs, Miklós Bács, Áron Dimény, Zsolt Bogdán and Péter Árus.
“(...) the image of all these thwarted fates is quite burdensome. Emotionally. Spiritually. Although each character has his or her own story, not all of them recount it. Beyond the monologues and the lines, beyond the words themselves, every single movement, every look, every physical approach or turning away (…) unravels the story itself.” – writes Réka Hegyi of the production.
Tickets can be purchased at the theatre’s ticket office, as well as online at www.biletmaster.ro.