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„Manifest for dialogue”: about the education in the family

11 Nov 2016

What does it mean to be a minor in Romania? Do we need a school for parents? How big is the national vanity, especially when it is accompanied by an easiness to judge the foreign? These are only a few of the questions by which the young director and playwright Bogdan Georgescu and a group of Master students from Sibiu, challenge the audience from seven cities of the country to an open dialogue in the theatre hall, within a tour supported by BRD – Groupe Société Générale during 11-28 November 2016.

#minor – an observational project of active arts, co-production of ”Radu Stanca” National Theatre from Sibiu (TNRS) and of ”Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu (ULBS) – it is the second show of the ”Manifest for dialogue” platform, after Antisocial, promoted last year in a tour achieved also with the support of BRD – Groupe Société Générale. The project in 2015 generated a debate on bewilderment and tension in the Romanian schools, following another mediated case, that of the students from a high school in Cluj-Napoca, sanctioned because of a post on a secret Facebook group.

The #minor show starts from two intensely mediated cases this year – the situation of the Bodnariu family and the Romanian Opera scandal – which, although apparently different, bring some national hobbies into a common area, such as passing the responsibility or the tendency to believe ourselves better and criticize the others, without seeing our own mistakes. At the end of the show, a psychologist joins the actors on the stage, inviting the audience to enter an open conversation about the show and other controversial subjects or taboos, coming within the object of the show.

”What does normality mean? What does family mean, as tradition and value, in a country in which the number of abused children - within the family - exceeds tens of thousands annually? Romania is on the last place in Europe concerning the ability to empathise. We cannot put ourselves in another person's shoes, nobody teaches us how to do that, how to understand and analyse situations from completely different perspectives. A majority cannot establish social rules and principles that would breach the rights and the dignity of a minority, no matter what minority it is. I want to believe that there is still time for dialogue, to ask ourselves questions and not to impose points of view to ourselves, even if, unfortunately, the Romanian society systematically fails possible chances of emancipation”, says Bogdan Georgescu, author and director of #minor.

”The success that Antisocial enjoyed last year confirmed to us the general interest for the current problems that the young face, as well as a greater desire for debate of the young generation, who understand that they have to be more active in the public space in order to make the changes they wish. That is why, we decided to continue to support this Manifest for dialogue of Bogdan and of ”Radu Stanca” National Theatre from Sibiu, and to bring the #minor show closer to the audience in the country”, adds Flavia Popa, Secretary General, BRD – Groupe Société Générale.

The programme of the tour includes one performance in the following towns:

The tour ”Manifest for Dialogue” is part of the BRD strategy to promote culture and young creators.

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