At the invitation of the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in New York, Ion Caramitru will offer, Thursday to Sunday, a series of four extraordinary recitals based on Mihai Eminescu’s work in New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. “Eminescu” is an original performance, in Romanian, graced with the participation of clarinettist Aurelian-Octav Popa, ICR informs.
The four presentations are part of a tour organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, in collaboration with the Romanian Embassy to Washington D.C., the Romanian Honorary Consulate in Philadelphia, the Queens Library, NY, and the Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia. By this initiative, ICR NY pays homage to the Romanian national poet’s body of work, offering the Romanian community in the US a rare and long-awaited event. The tour will continue in the June 30-July 2 interval, with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute, in Montreal and Toronto.
“This is an original show,” Ion Caramitru stated, “which includes excerpts from the great poet’s poetry, prose and philosophic manuscripts. The largest portion of Eminescu’s work was kept in the famous chest that he used to carry about wherever he moved house and which contained his notebooks and notes, which have finally been reproduced in digital format, in facsimile, by the Romanian Academy. I confess I had an important contribution to this process, during my mandate as the Culture Minister”.
Also addressed to the American public and, especially, to those with an interest in theatre and international encounters, the event brings face to face two of the most beloved Romanian actors, as well as remarkable managers, now acting as directors of the Bucharest National Theatre and, respectively, the Odeon Theatre in Bucharest.