Entrance of IASI National Theatre
My recent visit to IASI and impressions I wrote ,wouldn't be complete without an article about Iasi national theatre I have visited for a "Vizita" performance and felt unique atmosphere.
My first live “encounter” with Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre has happened the night I arrived in Iasi .
It was Sunday and after checking in the hotel I have decided to drive around alone, with my rented car ,to learn the routes for next day appointments ,to feel a little bit of Sunday night atmosphere and ,definitely, to refresh , renew, my feeling of driving on the left side as my experience of more than twenty years is in driving on the opposite side with occasional exceptions , like this one.
During investigative drive towards Palas moll I have passed by the Theatre building.
First time !
And than instead of going to the moll( as I said in my article about Iasi ,the sign of globalisation) I went back and passed second time just to be sure that the building I was looking at ,is The Theatre as I saw in numerous, photos prior to my trip.
And then I have passed the third and fourth and fifth (!) time before deciding to stop somewhere near and walk towards that so impressive building !
Feelings of respect , admiration , and God knows what else ,erupted from my inner self. Even now I get goose bumps when thinking about it! Perhaps it sounds kind of crazy ,however ,I felt that the building was trying to communicate with me ,watching my moves and mimic carefully , trying to learn what this intruder , is looking for at the middle of the night!
Even immovable , or as per our perception immovable, this respectful edifice, opened in 1840, is able to somehow conquer attention of passers-by , to outwit and thus to win them not as blind followers , or only admirers, but as active participants , which one realize when actually enters the building! I must say that the standard and quality of the people I have met reflects absolutely the beauty , the history , the purpose of The Theatre !
Monday came fast and , somehow , overwhelmed by meeting new people and having work to do ,apart from early morning investigative walk , I cornered the feelings for The Theatre knowing that they will surface in the coming days , first by obtaining reserved tickets and secondly by Liliana’s confirmation of attending the performance with me.
Tuesday came fast as it is usually happening when you have an amazingly great time. Doing , now traditional early morning inquiring ,long, very long walk through many of Iasi neighbourhoods ,meeting people ,talking, taking the tram and making pictures ,Tuesday was also the deadline for obtaining tickets for Thursday performance at Vasile Alecsandru National Theatre of Iasi. Dressed as jogger I got at the office where the tickets are sold. I asked for Mrs. Simona , even if I found her details on FB and through that application “met” her beautiful family as well.
She looked at me in a professional yet surprised way , but with the disarming smile, making me , easily , to say in order to justify my appearance , apart from usual thank you , nice to meet you and looking forward to the performance , that I know about dress code and that I was dressed as jogger due to a long walk I have been doing that day. While receiving precious tickets I also noticed a second smile which made me facilitate and proudly get out of the office thinking that I will remember it for a very very long time.
Wednesday is not very important for my story except that Liliana confirmed that she is coming and thus made me confident that ,even if I saw the performance in my native language and read it again in English to be prepared, I will have an extremely well educated , eloquent lady to enrich the atmosphere and help augment the knowledge.
The Thursday has come and if I remember, as I do remember but just writing “if” to make it mystic in a kind ,the day was sunny and a little windy and full of expectations ! It is absolutely fascinating to have expectations and absolutely stunning to live it !
I will maybe disappoint you as I will not analyse the “VIZIT” performance events in detail , but will focus on the atmosphere I felt .
I was waiting for my classy date to appear and was caught flatfooted by the beauty ,and elegance of Liliana. She was like a muse , inspiring me to feel more and now to write this article. Maybe I should deduct the word "like"in front of muse and keep only muse as she was and still,I am sure, is muse!
Going inside of The Theatre is a ritual ! The people attending were beautifully dressed showing great respect , with open eyes, ready to learn and enjoy ! Awake , aware , attentive ,mindful , bursting with admiration and proudness and yet, as I said , being an active participants in the continuing history of “ Vasile Aleksandru National Theatre Iasi” !
The ladies offering the program were awaiting us with a smile, again smile, so natural thing in Iasi and its Theatre that have set my standards very high for future experiences.
The feeling I had was the one of entering another world ! Another way of living , anticipating , understanding . Divine magnanimity !
Together with Liliana we took our seats and ,as awaiting for performance to start ,I was observing people trying to get further inspiration.
One detail have stayed in my mind and it is the beauty , love, respect couples have. Namely , I assume, husband and wife, were exchanging seats between them two times as man was trying to help her to see better the stage. Patiently with such a great tact the man was serving his wife that this have made me very emotional before the performance started!
And it happened ! It started!
For two and a half hours all of us attending were “hypnotized” with the power of play and its participants! Strongly suggest to read the VIZIT of Friedrich Durrenmatt as it has never ageing issues concerning life, values , love !
I concentrated on actors expression, tone of the voice, grimace, movement etc... I was amazed with the professionalism, so real authentic acting, yet infused with deep human feelings, and have enjoyed every second, checking from time to time with Liliana my memory of the wording! And memory was working!!!!
Not only actors , and not only main actors Mihaela Arsenescu Werner and Emil Coseru ,even that they gave a special tone and managed to transfer very special feelings to the audience, but all the play participants ! From colleague actors ,which ,even without having a text to say were participating so lively with their mimics , from Light Master, prompter , Technical Director, Art Director and actor , Back Stage and Sound people, Decoration, Costume(The Costumes!!!!) designer , Makeup artists , Music, Graphics, Marketing and Management , till the last but certainly not the least the Director Claudiu Goga made us all to feel the power of being human !
To learn that we exist and that we can make the difference !
This is what theatres are for , especially THE National Thetare Vasile Alecsandri Iasi !
And the story continues ...
If you want to live that kind of atmosphere I strongly suggest to “change” theatre destination and come to Iasi even not knowing Romanian language as you will have a life experience !
LONG LIVE IASI NATIONAL THEATRE VASILE ALECSANDRI AND THE PEOPLE WITHIN , SERVING PEOPLE WITHOUT!!!!
This article could not be finished without quoting ,great Romanian personality, poet Vasile Alecsandri part of the poem for Elena Negri who had died shortly before following rhyme has been written:
" Pleasures of love ,charming pleasures!
Feelings!Great dreams of a wonderful future!
You disappeared suddenly just like the traveling star
Which leave a deeper darkness after them"
WISHING YOU ALL THE SUCCSESS !
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