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Yuri Kordonsky stages a performance at the German State Theatre Timisoara

26 September 2017

The first production to start off the 2017/2018 season of the German State Theatre Timisoara (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 premiere will be on
Saturday, the 30th of September 2017, at 19:30 o’clock.
The next performance will be on
Sunday, the 1st of October 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.

Yuri Kordonsky directs the performance. The set design is the creation of Helmut Stürmer while the costume 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 and Richard Hladik.

Yuri Kordosnky was born in Ukraine and now teaches at the prestigious Yale University in the United States of America. He is appreciated in many European countries for his stagings, in Romania he has been awarded The Uniter Award twice, he is especially known for his staging of classical Russian literature authors. At the German Theater however, Kordonsky invites us to delve into the work of the master of magic realism.

In the staging of the performance there are three stories of G. G. Márquez to be found: “Eréndira…”, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and “Eyes of a Blue Dog”. As far as his choice for the three stories, director Yuri Kordonsky had this to say: “I was convinced early on by the dramatic potential of the Eréndira story. But I was also fond of the other two stories. Other than that, I started taking an interest in more than just the real world of the author, namely the villages, the dessert, Macondo, but also the his imaginary world, his dream world. Eyes of a blue dog allowed me the opportunity to burrow deep within the world of the subconscious and dreams.”

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

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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