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March 2, 2021

Upcoming theatre treat: ‘The Avalanche’

The National Theatre has a new play opening this week at its Atelier Hall. Directing is internationally acclaimed Radu Afrim who is for the first time working with the TNB team. Afrim has chosen a contemporary play, “The Avalanche”, authored by Turkish playwright Tuncer Cucenoglu.

Known as an avant-garde director, Afrim proposes a highly metaphoric approach to life and idea of human freedom. Cucenoglu’s play is the story of a small Turkish community living in a mountain area, where every winter brings the danger of avalanches falling over the village. Everything in the life of the community is orchestrated according to this imminent danger, putting human freedom and choice in danger. The play has been considered a metaphor standing for the totalitarian regimes of the world and the human search for freedom.

Director Radu Afrim has graduated in 2000 from Cluj Theatre School. Some of his local successes have been Green Hours’ “No Mom’s Land” or “The Baby is Boiling, It’s the End of the World” at Odeon. He was awarded the Anonimul Foundation Award for Opera Prima in 2004 and in 2006 received the UNITER award for best director for “Plasticine.”

Afrim has gathered an impressive cast with some of the National’s most talented actors, from Ilinca Tomoroveanu and Mircea Rusu to Ana Ciontea and Marius Manole.

The premiere will be on Tuesday as of 7 pm, two other performances are scheduled for December 14 and 15.

Venue: TNB Atelier Hall

Address: 2, Nicolae Balcescu Blvd.

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