class="">Dada Cabaret by Matei Vișniec

Dada Cabaret by Matei Vișniec

25 October| 21:00 – Bulandra Theatre, “Liviu Ciulei” Hall

26 October| 18:00 – Bulandra Theatre, “Liviu Ciulei” Hall

The play Dada Cabaret captures the disturbing atmosphere of the 20th century, the period in which the artistic movement Dada was born as a reaction to the first world conflagration, deepening in particular the political aspect of Dadaism: “I was encouraged to write this piece, being interested more in the political Dadaism than in the literary-artistic one.



My theatre play is at the same time an investigation into a mysterious concept and an attempt to prove that Dadaism has prolonged into the communist adventure. The fact that Lenin lived in Zürich, right in the same street where the Voltaire Cabaret was, precisely in the weeks when the Dada movement was born, is a huge irony of history. […] Yes, I think Lenin was unintentionally a Dadaist. From the Cabaret Voltaire, where he seems to have been seen at least once, he might have taken an irreversible virus, which he then handed over to the whole family of revolutionaries, so that eventually the ideas and plans of these people backfired (and a hundred million deaths as the human price of their experience). Let us not get sad, though. My play is a comedy about a tragic century. Dadaist laughter seems to me to be an instrument of understanding how history advances (one step forward, and two steps back) as well as the manner in which man approaches and moves away from what he really should be.” (Matei Vișniec)

The production proposes an absolutely spectacular concept in which the world of cabaret, war and revolution blends dramatically into Dada rhythms and rhymes. The war and terror aroused in that era by the changes of paradigm (both social and cultural) are captured in a tragic-comic and dynamic key.

Adapted by: Anca Bradu


Tristan Tzara: Richard Balint

Mrs. Dada: Ioana Dragoș Gajdo

Mr. Dada: Șerban Borda

Emmy Hennings: Angela Tanko

Sophie Tauber-Arp: Gabriela Codrea

Hugo Ball: Mirela Lupu

Marcel Iancu: Sebastian Lupu

Jean Arp: Sorin Ionescu

Lenin: Pavel Sîrghi

Stalin: George Voinese

Ludmila Spiru, Ravina Solomon: Georgia Căprărin

TV Announcer: Alina Leonte

Assistant Lenin, Axinte Rotaru, Lucian Micula: Emil Sauciuc

The Photographer: Alin Stanciu

The Photographer’s Sweetheart: Anda Tămășanu

Alan Seeger: George Dometi

German soldier: Andrei Sabău

French soldier: Eugen Neag

Apostu Vasile: Ciprian Ciuciu

Black cat – Zerbinetta: Denisa Vlad

Cabaret girls: Anda Tămăşanu, Georgia Căprărin, Alina Leonte, Denisa Vlad

Group of elderly people: Şerban Borda, Ioana Dragoş Gajdo, Angela Tanko, Gabriela Codrea, Mirela Lupu, Sebastian Lupu, Sorin Ionescu, Anda Tămăşanu, Georgia Căprărin, Alina Leonte, Denisa Vlad, Emil Sauciuc, Alin Stanciu, George Dometi, Andrei Sabău

Soldiers: Alin Stanciu, George Dometi, Andrei Sabău, Ciprian Ciuciu, Eugen Neag

Revolutionaries: Anda Tămăşanu, Georgia Căprărin, Alina Leonte, Denisa Vlad, Emil Sauciuc, Alin Stanciu, George Dometi, Andrei Sabău, Eugen Neag

Orchestra: Zsolt Lukács (Saxophone, Clarinet), Albert Károly Szávuly (Trombone), Varady Henrietta (Piano), Alex Seretoc (Percussion), Andrada Ciupeiu (Violin), Lorant Veres (Double bass)

Directed by: Anca Bradu

Sets: Doru Păcurar

Costumes: Andra Bădulescu Vișniec

Choreography: Mălina Andrei

Original Score: Ovidiu Iloc

Light Design: Lucian Moga

Duration: 1 h 50 min  (no intermisssion)

“Regina Maria” Theatre, Oradea