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Monday, April 24, 2023, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., in the German Theatre Hall

The 21st International German-speaking School and Youth Theatre Festival - DAY 1

The 21st edition of the International German-speaking School and Youth Theatre Festival is held in collaboration with the Theoretical High School "Nikolaus Lenau"

After the pandemic that has annihilated the arts and many other fields, we are ready to hold the 21st edition of the International German-speaking School and Youth Theatre Festival . The festival will take place on 24.04/28.04. It is an honour for us to present performances by young people from Croatia, Germany and Romania in the Cultural Capital. Of course, this year again, the hosts of the festival are NiL theatre groups, who will present some of their performances. Also this year we have workshop leaders from Germany and Romania as guests. We are proud to say that some of the former NiL members, who have become actors and theatre teachers, will coordinate these workshops. In conclusion: whatever times we live in, THEATRE MUST EXIST!


by Georg Büchner

Direction: Niky Wolcz (guest)

Assistant director: Isolde Cobeț - Sets: Helmut Stürmer - Costumes: Ioana Popescu - Dramaturgy: Rudolf Herbert - Make-up: Bojita Ilici - Technical direction: Adrian Georgescu

With: Boris Gaza, Richard Hladik, Silvia Török, Harald Weisz, Isa Berger, Oana Vidoni, Rareș Hontzu, Franz Kattesch, Tatiana Sessler-Toami, Isa Berger, Olga Török, Oana Vidoni, Daniel Ghidel, Simona Vintilă, Daniela Török, Radu Brănici, Daniel Ghidel, Simona Vintilă

For a long time, the success of “Leonce and Lena”, a melancholic comedy about a young unsettled couple, fell short. Critics said it lacked action and it was absent of any classical structure.  For someone to be doubtful of oneself, like Leonce is – „Oh, if one could be someone else. But for a minute.” – the exhaustion of living in this world, which spiritually connects the protagonists, came in contradiction with the way the individual was portrayed back then. Leonce and Lena are two strangers lost in a world of irrationality, and only irony and self-irony can console them. Their melancholy resides in the refusal to stoke any illusion, and the refusal to idealize any dream they might have. By asking question about identity and the meaning of life, by offering a different perspective on the grotesque political elites, Büchner was ahead of his time. Only his premature death stopped him from becoming a new William Shakespeare.

Duration: 02:00