Danubius International Conferences, 11th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

(Re)making in Romanian Contemporary Theater - a "Living Art"

Elena Botezatu Iancu
Last modified: 2021-06-28


In the post-December theater, the "confrontation of the real" is sought, the opening to other cultural spaces, to postmodernist theatrical forms, emphasizing the tendency to define the "I" in relation to the "Other", aiming, at the same time, to recover "the lost time” in terms of theater’s reforms between two centuries. The "Romanian scene" after ʼ89 "records" both "returns" of (self)exiled authors, such as Anca Visdei, Matei Vişniec or Virgil Tănase, but also of directors (Andrei Șerban, Alexandru Tocilescu, Lucian Giurchescu and others). “Disliked” authors publish, "drawer" pieces appear, in other words, in the end, the once oppressed creative spirits manifest their freedom of expression, evading the “captive thinking” of the past. The so-called "processes of communism" is being raised, for a "healing" of consciences. The "new" theater is trying to "tell the truth."


Acknowledgements: “The work of the first author is supported by the project ANTREPRENORDOC, in the framework of Human Resources Development Operational Programme 2014-2020, financed from the European Social Fund under the contract number 36355/23.05.2019 HRD OP /380/6/13 – SMIS Code: 123847. The work of the second author was carried out in the framework of the research project DREAM (Dynamics of the REsources and technological Advance in harvesting Marine renewable energy), supported by the Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding – UEFISCDI, grant number PN-III-P4-ID- PCE-2020-0008.”