Center “Ion Sava”

The Tragedy of Man - A Student Show on the NTb Stage

05 May 2018


By meeting the needs of young theatre creators, NTB in partnership with UNATC, presents a series of shows created by students.

On Saturday, 5th May 2018, 7:00 p.m., the Media Hall of the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest shall host the first representation of the show The Tragedy of Man, Master’s degree exam 2017 within the framework of the „I. L. Caragiale” Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography of Bucharest.

The Tragedy of Man is a ritual of initiation conducted by Lucifer. After the expulsion from Heaven, the fallen angel guides the first pair of human beings, Adam and Eve, on a journey through time and space, aiming at the enlightenment of the two in the end. Thus, in Egypt, Man learns that the abuse of power causes suffering, in Rome – that pleasure without love is like the pest, in Byzantium – that faith which kills in the name of God is a lie, in Prague – that superior knowledge used only for individual force darkens the mind. In Chaos, death can be defeated through love.

The Tragedy of Man truly presents a cycle of falls, a graveyard of shattered kingdoms. It is not by chance that Lucifer only unveils the ages of decline of the great Empires. Despite all atrocities from history, man owns the supreme weapon – Freedom – to change, to search, to Choose.

“The Tragedy of Man" is a show about Freedom. It presents a world in which God is silent, Lucifer rules over time, History is an illusion and man, a tormented being who tries to rebuild a Paradise Lost having a single weapon – Free Will”. Diana Mititelu

Thesis show coordinated by Alexandru Darie (M.A. professor for Theatre Direction), Ștefan Caragiu (M.A. professor Scenography) and Vladimir Anton (associate professor).


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.

The manager of the Ion Sava Centre for Research and Theatrical Creation is Marina Constantinescu.

The projects of the Centre are coordinated by Cristiana Gavrilă.


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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