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  Teatrul Municipal Ariel Râmnicu Vâlcea
Dance of the Emperor Penguin
Text by: Iulian Margu
Directed by: Vlad Popescu
Scenography: Vlad Popescu
Cast: Gabriel Popescu (Priest, The Storyteller), Camelia Constantin (The Old Lady), Dan Constantin (The Old Man), Alin Paius (Emil Racovița)
Light design: Ionuț Marinache
Sound: Liviu Toma
Dresser, Props : Diana Mitulescu
Technical Director, Machinist: Cristian Bunescu
Technical Director: Claudia Neacșu
“The Dance of the Imperial Penguin” tells the tragi-comical story of two elderly people living isolated in their own second-hand store. Since their children left the country to work abroad, the two teachers live alone and every day they live the clocklike routine of taking their pills. This ritual seems to help them survive but, in the end, pushes them to an inevitable End.
Starting from a text reading, rehearsing in a theatre booth animated by its specific atmosphere, the elderly actors’ drama overlaps that of the old couple, i.e. of the characters they play. To get used to the idea of reaching the end, the two old buffoons personify Death as a dear character: explorer Emil Racoviță, whose life they found fascinating.
Performance in Romanian, with translation into English.
Performance not recommended to audiences under 12.

Special effects: smoke

      © Vlad Popescu