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Yuri Kordonsky stages G.G. Márquez at The German State Theatre Timisoara

12 July 2017

The last production of the 2016/2017 season of the German State Theatre (GSTT) is „The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother” by Gabriel García Márquez, set to stage and directed by Yuri Kordonsky.
The preview will be on
Thursday, the 20th of July 2017, at 19:30 o’clock
and opening night will be on
Saturday, the 30th of September 2017, at 19:30 o’clock.
The performances will be held in the hall of the German State Theatre and will feature subtitles into Romanian.
Director Yuri Kordonsky is at his second collaboration with the GSTT, after the premiere of „The Seagull” by A.P. Cehov premiered in 2013. He is accompanied by Helmut Stürmer in charge of set design while the costume’s design is by Ioana Popescu. Music’s composed by Tibor Cári, as playwright we have Herbert Rudolf and light-design is done by Nosz Botond. The cast features actors: Olga Török, Ida Jarcsek-Gaza, Horia Săvescu, Rareș Hontzu, Franz Kattesch, Radu Brănici, Isa Berger, Dana Borteanu, Harald Weisz, Aljoscha Cobeț, Richard Hladik.
Yuri Kordonsky originates from Odessa and studied acting and directing with Lev Dodin in St. Petersburg State Academy of Theatre. He has taught, performed, and directed in more than twenty countries, including works at the “Maly Drama” Theatre in Russia and several plays at the “Bulandra” Theatre in Bucharest.
He won numerous award like the Golden Light in St. Petersburg as well as several UNITER awards, the most recent being the UNITER Award for best direction for the performance „The Lower Depths”, a production of the Hungarian State Theatre Cluj-Napoca. Yuri Kordosnky lives in the United States of America, where he teaches directing at the Yale University.
The show tells the story of Eréndira, who was barelly 14 years old when her grandmother, accusing her of burning the house down, forces her into prostitution. While there are hundreds of men before Eréndira’s tent, the grandmother negotiates the price and counts the money. All the while, Ulyses, young and beautiful as an angel, desires her. After the attempts at running away of the two lovebirds fail, they plan a murder. „The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother” is considered one of the most emotional stories by Gabriel García Márquez. Some of his motives from „ A century of solitude” are woven here with themes such as guilt and redemption, love and death. A laureate of the Nobel Prize for Literature, an exceptional director that also signs the staging of the text, as well as a consecrated ensemble approach this magical world where reality and imagination intertwine.


Andreea Andrei - Artistic Consultant
Gabriela Schinderman - Secretary

Photo: Image from the rehearsals of „The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother”, a GSTT production. The photograph can be used in mass-media and promotional goals, including in electronic media.

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