Sunday, March 21, 2021, 20:30 EET (GMT +02:00)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Director: Benjamin Bajramović / Bosnia and Herzegovina

Actor: Albert Costea

Episode: Day 3. Story 1

about the Director

Benjamin Bajramović

Benjamin Bajramović is a Bosnian actor, playwright, novelist and director.

He was born in Zenica in 1989 and he graduated in 2011 from the Acting Department  of the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.

Benjamin performend in many major bosnian and regional productions and he wrote two plays:  ITAKE / Ithakas (published in Sarajevo in 2020) and Bordel Eden.

Bordel Eden was the winner of the Competition for the best contemporary engaged drama text at Heartefact Festival, in Belgrade.

He directed two production in Sarajevo: Orwell’s 1984 and his own Ithakas.

Benjamin Bajramović is a member of the acting ensemble of the Bosnian National Theater in Zenica.

about the actor

Albert Costea

George Albert Costea is a Romanian actor and performer based in Bucharest. He graduated The National University of Theatre and Cinema “I.L.Caragiale” Bucharest (UNATC) and has a MD (2008-2010) and a BA (2005-2008) both in Acting Studies. Right after his graduation he began to work for The National Theatre of Craiova (2009) being part of the company’s ensemble ever since.

His portfolio of about 20 premieres in Craiova includes both classic and contemporary dramaturgy from Shakespeare (All Well’s That Ends Well, 2010;

A Tempest, 2012) to Eugène Ionesco (The Rhinoceros, 2013) or from Sofocle (Aiax. Essay on Madness, 2018) to Marius von Mayenburg (Bang, 2019) or Nick Payne (Incognito, 2020).

He had the opportunity to work with both famous directors such as Robert Wilson or Silviu Purcărete in grandious productions but also with emergent young directors such as Leta Popescu, Bogdan Georgescu, Andrea Gavriliu who brought innovative methods of work (social theatre, devised theatre, theatre-dance) and international collaborations (Idiomatic, created by Transquinquennal (BE) and Marie Henry, 2018).

He continued to develop his own projects and research outside Craiova, working for 2 gay themed one-man shows – Open (a performance directed by Leta Popescu, at The Paint Brush Factory, Cluj Napoca, 2016) and Dorian (a multimedia dance performance directed by Oana Răsuceanu, Control N

Association, Bucharest, 2016).

Among his latest works stands That Day of May 2020, another video solo performance that he created together with film director Nicolae Constantin Tănase and which was livestreamed from The National Theatre’s of Craiova roof in June 2020 during the pandemy.

He is currently a PhD candidate at the same UNATC where he is preparing a thesis with the title The European Influence on the Activity of the State-Funded Theatres in Romania in which he questions the impact of the European cultural projects in reshaping the Romanian theatrical institutions, new artistic trends and changes of mentalities of both theatre-makers and theatre-goers in Romania nowadays.

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