Current Repertory


by Sławomir Mroźek


by Sławomir Mroźek

Translation: Irina Pîslaru-Lukacsik
Gábor Tompa
Andrei Both
Angela Balogh Călin
Florin Fieroiu
Assistant Director:
Patricia Katona
Light design:
Cristian Șimon
Technical Director:
Laurențiu Andronescu, Theodor Radu
Lighting design assistant:
Gabriela Ciubotariu, Daniel Tiuntiuc

Premiere: 09.12.2023

Duration: 2 h 20 min / Pause: Yes


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Show not recommended for minors aged under 14

We live nowadays in a world where established values are crumbling: technological advance has deepened the gap between young and old, families are being torn apart by harmful ideologies, democracies are faltering, war is on the frontier, extremist parties are gaining ground, and anarchic libertarianism seems to be paving the way to dictatorship. 

In this context, although written almost six decades ago, Slawomir Mrozek's "Tango", a play presented by Gabor Tompa at the NTB's Sala Pictură, is as relevant today as it was when it premiered in 1964. Because "Tango", an allegory with strong political overtones, dressed in the clothes of an absurd comedy that brought the author worldwide fame, reflects the disorientation of a generation confronted with the void left by the collapse of old values and the establishment of a new order imposed by the brutal and inept masses.

A Polish who was exiled to the West in the 1960s, a connoisseur of communism on both sides of the political divide (in his youth, a partisan of the system, which he later virulently criticized), Mrozek has a great talent for showing that the cyclical nature of power and the failure of ideology are not just the preserve of communism. "Tango" is a parable about freedom and power in any political system, about the avatars of age, about the insurrection of instinct, following the story of a rebellious young man whom critics have not once compared to Hamlet.

In his first collaboration with the National Theatre of Bucharest, Gabor Tompa proposes a brilliantly constructed performance, full of inventiveness, funny and frightening at the same time, supported by a team of scenographers with an impressive track record and an excellent cast that gives birth to a bizarre and fascinating family, exotic characters from three different generations.

Stage rights: Diogenes Verlag AG Zürich

Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu


Photo credit Florin Ghioca 

Eugenia: Rodica Negrea Edek: Emilian Oprea
Eugen: George Ivașcu Arthur: Matei Constantin
Eleonora: Emilia Popescu Stomil: Mihai Constantin
Ala: Cătălina Mihai
Maruca Băiașu
The Photographer: Florin Ghioca

"Gábor Tompa, a brilliant and sentimental director, takes up this text from his youth by an author who cannot be disputed and gives it to us with breadth. Directorially, he actually gives us a sample of successful scenes such as the poker game with which Tango begins, the appearance and evolution of the prostitute in various guises of sentimental conquest and as a bride, and the violent scenes involving scandals and physical abuse, which are celebrated with painstaking and unabashed care. Act 2 is flawless. Impressive are the static scenes with no lines from beginning to end. Well-calculated and well-realized, the closing tango (musical) brings roars of applause."

Dinu Grigorescu, Rinocerul magazine - The revival of a Polish Tango at NTB  

"It's a much-needed performance in our time when the temptation of upheavals and revolutions of all kinds feeds the deepest frustrations and can lead to real social earthquakes. It's also gratifying that, after touring the world, Tompa has finally come to NTB. I hope he does it again."

Liviu Ornea, - The form that doesn't create its own content

"Slawomir Mrozek's "Tango", staged by the prestigious director Tompa Gábor at NTB's Pictura Hall, is a sharp political commentary on contemporary society and our inability to understand each other. It's a grotesque and violent dance in which generations are caught up to portray a new reality with a text from an old context."

Horia Ghibuțiu, A journalist's blog - "Tango" - the old world meets the new world at the National Theatre in Bucharest  

"Tango directed by Tompa Gábor is a creation of refined subtlety of directorial construction and impressive interpretative and visual expressiveness. It is a performance that offers a balanced interweaving of the emotional with the rational in that dosage that defines the stylistic imprint of this director-creator, as he has been nicknamed".

Mariana Ciolan, Leviathan - Mrożek in the present tense  


Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu 

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