on motifs of Nikos Kazantzakis‘ novel, with the special authorization of Εκδόσεις Καζαντζάκη
Translation: Nikolov Perveli Vili
A show by Mc Ranin
Stage chief: Mircea Macarie, Stage manager: Alexandru Sandu, Production chief: Iulian Scarlat, Artistic chief: Ilie Ghergu, Lights: Oana Caibăr and Adrian Dragomir, Sound/Video: Cătălin Buzea și Andrei Enache, Dressing: Mihaela Radu, Props: Eduard Ștefan, Grips: Teofil Diaconeasa, Gheorghe Dima, Florin Necșoiu, Dan Georgescu, Adrian Matei, Valentin Gurău
Premiere: 1st March, 2020, Main Hall
Duration: 2h (no intervals)
Niko, a writer, and Zorba, a miner, meet, led to one another by that destiny which gives you the perfect opportunities to grow intellectually and spiritually. Niko becomes indispensable for Zorba and vice versa, because each of them two is exactly the part that the other lacks. The events that they go through together are built around the mine that Niko inherited, but this is just a pretext for communicating and celebrating life.
Because the director wanted a younger and more energetic Zorba, he chose the remarkable and complete actor Cuzin Toma, who invigorates the show built at a rapid pace, with successive decorations that remind of a film montage and whose imagery evokes a black and white Crete, like a documentary photo or an art one.
Bubulina, interpreted by soprano Daniela Vlădescu, is the idea of an “intellectual” that wants to show how different from the other mortals is an Operetta diva, failed on a shore, once of love and pleasure, today of death and vanity. In the difficult role of Niko, plays with discretion and delicacy, as if in discordant manners in a harsh world of islanders, the actor Sebastian Bălășoiu, who reached a certain artistic maturity and a balance of forms.
The music comes also from ancient times, a music in which many people find their roots, a music at times barbarous, at times cheerful or foreboding of misfortunes … sometimes byzantine to remember God. The rhythms of Sirtaki, invented by Mikis Theodorakis via Ravel, frame the spectacle … making the hope, the vital impulses to triumph, honoring the strength of the human heart.
Zorba – Cuzin Toma
Niko – Sebastian Bălășoiu
Bubulina – Daniela Vlădescu
The Widow – Ana Adelaida Perjoiu
Ananis – Radu Câmpean
Amnezia – Iulia Verdeș
Mimito – Emanuel Bighe
Mavrudi – Corneliu Jipa
Manolis – Mircea Silaghi
Antenia – Cristina Dumitra
Ianis – Cristian Olaru
Priest – Ilie Ghergu
Waitress, Lola – Teodora Colț
Peasants of Crete:
Cristina Dumitra, Iulia Verdeș, Teodora Colț, Ana Maria Carablais, Delia Lazăr, Antonia Ionescu, Cosmina Lirca, Ana Maria Cucută, Andrada Fuscaș, Maria Nicola, Andreea Tănase, Camelia Varga
Teofil Diaconeasa, Eduard Ștefan, Dan Georgescu, Gheorghe Dima, Alexandru Sandu, Florin Necșoiu, Valentin Gurău, Adrian Matei, Victor Becșenescu