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The German State Theatre goes on an international tour with the performance Humans. For Sale, written and directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu

29 April 2024

In June 2024, the German State Theatre Timisoara will tour Germany with the performance Humans. For Sale, written and directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu. Thus, for one week, from 9-15 June 2024, the TGST production, which describes in a documentary manner the sale of ethnic Germans by the government of communist Romania, will be performed in Karlsruhe and Berlin.

The tour is funded by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) Bucharest as part of the CANTEMIR funding programme for international cultural projects. Three performances will take place at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe and the Heimathafen Neukölln in Berlin.

Representing director Carmen Lidia Vidu's second collaboration with GSTT, the performance Humans. For Sale is a documentary theatre project, which, like Romanian Diary. Timișoara, brings together film, theatre and photography.

While official propaganda warns of the "abysses" of the free world, the biggest human trafficking of the 20th century is probably taking place in Romania. Humans. For Sale exposes the trade in ethnic Germans from communist Romania, who between 1969 and 1989 were sold to the Federal Republic of Germany.

In the first confidential agreement concluded between the two countries in 1969, security representatives negotiating on behalf of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu were promised a reward for every member of the German minority who was allowed to leave. By the end of 1989, some 220,000 Germans had left the country. After the fall of communism, the mass exodus of almost all ethnic Germans still living in Romania followed.

It is a performance about the disappearance of a community, about the efforts its members make to leave the hostile environment in which they live and about the demonization of their desire to dare to dream of their future in a freer and more citizen-friendly state.

About this performance, Cristina Rusiecki of Culture Magazine says: "By accumulating, step by step, the scenes of People. For Sale build a heavy, compelling emotion. Director Carmen Lidia Vidu tackles, as usual, fundamental themes in the existence of humanity, the lack of freedom, the crushing of human dignity, the transformation of an entire population into a commodity. People. For Sale, a necessary approach to Timisoara, sheds light on a problem that is not often discussed and contributes to the prestige of the German State Theatre."

With: Ioana Iacob, Oana Vidoni, Daniela Török, Alexandru Mihăescu, Harald Weisz, Robert Bogdanov-Schein

Video apparition: Heinz Günther Hüsch, Stelian Octavian Andronic, Johann Schaas, Germina Nagâț, Mădălin Hodor, Hanni Hüsch, Cornel Hüsch
Multimedia: Cristina Baciu (guest) • Costumes and set assistance: Ioana Popescu Dramaturgy: Rudolf Herbert • Live video and music: Ovidiu Zimcea • Ilustrations: Gabriela Schindermann (guest) • Direction assistance: Richard Hladik • Make-up: Bojița Ilici • Technica Direction: Costinel Stănescu.

See you in Berlin and Karlsruhe in June!

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