Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 20:00 EET (GMT +02:00)

Benin

Director: Pascal Wanou / Benin

Actor: Anca Dinu

Episode: Day 2. Story 1

about the Director

Pascal Wanou

Pascal Wanou is an actor, director and trainer. He was 15 years old, in college, when he made his first appearances in theater. He spent most of his career in the famous Theater Company Les muses du Bénin. Pascal embodied the main roles in all the plays, and thus became one of the linchpins of the company, and an emblematic figure of the Beninese theater.

Pascal Wanou went through several plays, several festivals, and knew several Beninese and foreign directors, including Tola Koukoui and Éric Mapouya.

But Pascal Wanou is also an icon of Beninese cinema. Several Beninese and international TV films have welcomed him as an actor. Pascal is also a committed cultural actor. He has created and directed several festivals including Rencontre théâtrale du Benin, Carrefour international de théâtre de marionnettes, Le Festival international de théâtre du Bénin (state festival), Rencontres Internationales des Arts de l’Oralité (RIAO), Rencontre Internationale Du Théâtre Monodrame etc.

Pascal Wanou has a Masters in Law Sciences, a professional license in cultural administration and a Masters 2 in Management of Cultural Enterprises. He is president of the Fédération Nationale de Théâtre du Bénin and of the Conseil national des Organisations d’artistes du Bénin.

about the actor

Anca Dinu

Anca Dinu graduated from the Academy of Theatre and Film A.T.F. Bucharest, class Prof. Olga Tudorache in 1992 and became an actress at the Craiova National Theatre in the same year.

She flirted with making movies (The Tent; 1998) and tv (she moderated the shows The Alarm Clock  – TVR Iași and Prichindeliada – TVR Craiova), nevertheless, she has totally offered her talent, emotion and inspiration to the theatre stage.

Throughout her career, Anca Dinu has worked with important Romanian and international directors such as Silviu Purcărete (Phaedra after Euripides and Seneca, Measure for Measure  by W. Shakespeare), Yiannis Paraskevopoulos (Lysistrata by Aristophanes, The Seagull by A.P.Cehov), Janusz Wiśniewski (Apocalypse after Shakespeare), Peter Schneider (HOT L Baltimore  by L. Wilson, Medea  by Euripide), Tim Carroll (Odyssey  by Homer), Vlad Mugur (Right You Are (If You Think You Are)  by L. Pirandello, Servant of Two Masters by C. Goldoni), Mihai Măniuțiu (Ajax. An Essay on Dementia after Sophocles), Bogdan-Cristian Drăgan (Eva Braun’s Revolt by B. C. Drăgan, The Bear by A.P. Chekhov, Hazard’s Waltz by V. Haïm, Farewell, Europe!  by I.D.Sîrbu), as well as with young Romanian directors: Dragoş Alexandru Muşoiu (Spargerea  after R. Petrescu), Andrei Măjeri (Blood Wedding by F.G. Lorca, Catinca Drăgănescu (Photoshop  by C. Drăgănescu), Florin Caracala (White Room by Alexandra Badea) etc.

In an interview in Spectactor magazine (2013), Anca Dinu stated: ”I believe in the power of Theatre to make people look inside themselves in order to discover what is behind their everyday masks, and to try to watch the depths of their inner being.

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