Alexandra Badea

b. 03.01.1980, Bucureşti

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Alexandra Badea is currently one of France's most powerful directing and artistic voices. Theatre and film director, playwright, novelist, associate director of the National Theatre "La Colline" in Paris, Alexandra was born in 1980 in Bucharest, but has been living and creating in France since 2003. She is a graduate of UNATC Bucharest, theatre direction section, class of Professor Valeriu Moisescu. After graduating, she went to Paris to study at the International Centre for Theatre Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Sorbonne Nouvelle), where she did a master's degree with George Banu.

Her first plays, Mode d’emploi, Contrôle d’identité and Burnout are published in 2009 by L'Arche. Pulvérisés, the triptych Je te regarde, Europe connexion, Extrêmophile, her first novel, Zone d'amour prioritaire, will follow, as well as other theatre volumes: A la trace, Celle qui regarde le monde, and the trilogy Points de non-retour. For Pulvérisés she was awarded the Grand Prize for Dramatic Literature for 2013, a prize under the aegis of the French National Theatre Centre, and the jury's motivation reads as follows: "With this surprisingly constructed play, Alexandra Badea offers us a series of portraits and x-rays the general system of globalization and the mechanisms of globalization". The play, which was also broadcast on France Culture (Alexandre Planck), is presented as a reading performance at the Sibiu Theatre Festival and is staged in Bucharest by Alexandru Măjeri with the Apollo 111 Company, under the title Pulverizare. Alexandra is also the author of radio fictions for the radio station France Culture, including Red line, Mondes, Europe connexion.

Her plays written in French are staged under her own direction or under the signature of stage directors such as Frédéric Fishbach, Jonathan Mitchel, Anne Theorn, etc., in major theatres in France, but are also translated into several languages and performed throughout Europe, as well as in Brazil, Argentina, Canada, USA, and Taiwan.

In 2019, she was invited by the Avignon Festival to create the second part of the trilogy Points de non-retour (Quais de Seine), presented in its full 7-hour form in 2022 at the Théâtre National de la Colline. In 2021, she publishes her second novel, Tu marches au bord du monde, with Les equateurs publishing house.

Alexandra Badea has written several screenplays, Solitudes, directed by Liova Jedliecki, which won several awards and mentions at the Clermont-Ferrand, Barcelona, Alès Film Festivals, and directed the short films 24 heures and Le monde qui nous perd, which also won awards.

In 2016 she was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

In 2018 she wrote her first play in Romanian, Perfect compus, which she staged with the actors of the National Theatre "Radu Stanca", thus returning after an absence of eight years in the Romanian theatre. The performance was presented at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. During this 25th edition, Alexandra Badea received the "Iulian Vișa" award, which is given to a director of the young generation, as a token of appreciation for her "unique artistic voice". In 2021 she would return to Sibiu to stage the play De l'autre part a monde, as part of a European project.

With Exile, a text also written in Romanian, Alexandra Badea returns to the National Theatre Bucharest after an absence of 14 years, after having staged here, in 2008, at Atelier Hall, the play Complexul România by Mihaela Michailov, winner of the UNITER award for the best play of 2006.


Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu 

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