Center “Ion Sava”

Lars Noren’s War, in Premiere, at 9G

27 May 2017

War, a new show within the 9G Programme at NTB, shall have its first representations in the Small Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest on the days of 27th May, 11th and 18th June, from 8:00 p.m.

Swedish playwright Lars Noren depicts the scenery at the end of a war, without specifying the time or place, making echoes of remote wars heard, but also the echoes of the recently concluded ones, or of the ones happening right next to us.

A man returns home from a war, when nobody thought he was still alive. He finds a devastated family, a ravaged world, a spouse who no longer accepts him, a brother who betrayed him. The characters constantly waver between two worlds: the real one, where poverty and the despair to survive generates lack of compassion even towards members of the same family, and the imagined one, conceived as a refuge only filled with joy and prosperity. ”Who wants us ?”- a question like an echo in this text and a desperate scream which is now heard from the ones risking their lives to escape war. Other people’s war, bearing with it deep traces and mutilating loves, families, trust, hope.

Semira, the 12-year-old girl, objectifies this fantastic world through the image of the Disneyland entertainment park, realm of fairytales, of princesses and of glittering castles. Her force to believe in a fantastic place of happiness is the hope giving meaning to life and moving the world forward.

„End of war scenery.    

The First World War, the Second World War, Algeria, Vietnam, Rwanda, Bosnia, Chechnya, Iraq, Syria…

How is the return to the normality of life still possible, after its destruction has been attempted? Can the traumas left behind by fear, humiliation, hatred, the perpetual presence of death be healed, in order to live as before? How can the hope for the future be regained?” Lorena Zăbrăuțanu


Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Researching and Theatrical Creation Center “Ion Sava” is that place where theatre can be a game, at large, in absence of the institutional pressure, of the dictatorship of deadlines and the final product obligations named spectacle. More than everything, it expects to be an open space for ideas and for attempts, first of all for the creative process, even if it is about the professional development or about the exploration of new territories of scenic art.

It came into existence by means of a government issue in 2005 and functioning since 2006, Researching and Theatrical Creation Center “Ion Sava” is on the one hand an informal “school” of perfectioning artists and technicians who work on the Romanian stage, and on the other hand an open platform for theatrical and interdisciplinary experiment and investigation.

The workshops which evolve inside the Center attend to cover a large spectre of theatrical areas, from dramaturgy to scenography and from neo-avant-garde to recovering the lost memory of the Romanian stage. The center organizes master class handled by distinguished professionists, Romanians and foreigners, and it offers creation space for artists in searching for new dramaturgy or performative language, in the guise of practice, lectures and meetings.

Researching and Theatrical Creation Center “Ion Sava”
National Theatre “I.L. Caragiale”
Nicolae Bălcescu avenue, no 2, sector 1, Bucharest
Tel.: 021/3139175 extension 127
Fax: 021/3123169

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