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New premiere at National Theatre: ‘L’Om DAdA,” by Gigi Caciuleanu

Gigi Caciuleanu’s ‘L’Om DAdA’ dance show will be performed on March 11-13 at the ‘I.L. Caragiale’ National Theatre, in the year that marks 100 years since the launch of the Dadaist manifesto that revolutionized modern art and 120 years since the birth of Tristan Tzara, the father of this literary and artistic current.

“We defragment, we throw parts of us on the stage and in life. Why L’Om DAdA? Because I wanted to combine these words – ‘om’ (man, human in Romanian) with ‘dada’ (the universal). I set out from Tristan Tzara’s ‘L’homme approximatif,’ terribly poetic, not at all absurd, beautiful, non-fragmented, thick, full of meaning, actual even 100 years later. “L’homme approximatif” is in fact the archetype of man, as exact as possible, namely the actor and the dancer,” Gigi Caciuleanu explained according to a TNB communiqué.

Gigi Caciuleanu (photo) says that ‘L’Om DAdA” will be a very up-to-date show because it comes as a continuation of “D’ale noastre.” “There, Catavencu’s speech was dismembered in vowels, which in fact was a Dadaist action,” the artist points out.

Now at his fourth project alongside Gigi Caciuleanu, actor Lari Giorgescu confessed in his turn: “The proposal to work on a Tristan Tzara text is the more welcome as I discover, with amazement, how close we all are to the Dadaist current; most of the time without us knowing. I believe this will be the audience’s feeling too, at the end of the show.”

‘L’Om DAdA’ is a coproduction between the ‘I.L. Caragiale’ National Theatre (through the ‘Ion Sava’ Theatre Research and Creation Centre), “Gigi Caciuleanu Romanian Dance Company” and the Art Production Foundation, with the support of JTI and ICR.

On March 13, at 11 a.m., writer and translator Ion Pop will hold a conference titled “Tristan Tzara, Dadaism and the Romanian vanguard.” Dedicated to the centenary of the Dada movement, launched in Zurich in February 1916, the conference plans to sketch out a critical portrait of Tristan Tzara, the main Dadaist mentor, the communiqué adds.

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