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Romanian theatre, East-European magnitude

During November, Romanian theatre will touch the heart of England, in Liverpool.

09 November 2008. The events making up Romanian Connections in Liverpool during November 2008 aim at communicating a sense of the depth and richness of Romanian culture, but the season is focused around two distinct and contrasting aspects of Romanian theatre.

sibiu25.jpgAt one end of the scale is the revival of a famed international classic, Waiting for Godot, featuring two of Romania’s most respected actors, and directed by the internationally acclaimed director Silviu Purcarete.

On the other end of the scale is The Ball, a show which sums up a new exploration by younger generations in the theatre, of the country’s recent history; in a fragmentary postmodernist style, a seamless mix of dance and music, humour and tragedy.

For a taste of Romanian culture, the theatre shows are accompanied by a debate on relevant contemporary issues, a foot-stomping and hip-swinging concert of Eastern European magnitude, and a special Romanian guest at Tate Liverpool.

Romanian Connections are about continuity. Liverpool is European Capital of Culture 2008 – the successor of Sibiu European Capital of Culture 2007. Sibiu is landlocked in the Transylvanian plains and Liverpool is famous for its maritime history, but the two cities are connected by their enduring cosmopolitan and multicultural traditions.

For further details please go to www.romanianculturalcentre.org.uk/connections

PROGRAMME
TUESDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2008, 7 PM
The Ball
theatre performance directed by Radu Nica

THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2008, 7 PM
Waiting for Godot
theatre performance directed by Silviu Purcarete

Connected events:
FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2008, 7 PM
Welcome to the Union – Contemporary Romania in the European Context
Debate on Romanian contemporary issues with Dr Mike Phillips and guests, including Alex Drace-Francis – lecturer in Modern European History, University of Liverpool

MONDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2008, 7 PM
Paprika Balkanicus live in concert! Paprika Balkanicus bring to Liverpool a tornado of tunes and the best party atmosphere ever.

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