TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2021, 19:30 EET (GMT +02:00)

FRANCE

Director: Charles Chemin / France

Actor: Sorin Leoveanu

Music: Dom Bouffard

Episode: Day 3. Story 4

about the Director

Charles Chemin

Charles Chemin conceives pieces between theater, dance and visual arts since 2008. He is currently an associated artist at Teatro della Toscana / National Theater in Florence, where he directs interno esterno in 2021, in coproduction with Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.

He focuses on subjects where fiction and reality collide, and explores hybrid forms of performance. His dance theater pieces are on tour across countries and include figures, created at Dance Space Ménagerie de Verre in Paris in 2021, I hope in 2019 made as a portrait of the performer Caroline Breton, 20 silences created in 2017 at Vicenza Festival with composer Dom Bouffard and based on research with astronauts at NASA. He often reworks existing materials, like in Athens by Night at Craiova National Theater in 2018, where he blended two Athenian Shakespeare plays. His first shows were created through eclectic collaborations, with artists such as visual artist Carlos Soto, composer Francois Sarhan or performance artist Andrei Bartenev, and were played in places like Performa Biennial in New York, Bregenz Festival or Moscow Contemporary Art Biennial.

He also directs operas, Le Messie du Peuple Chauve by Eric Breton at Avignon Opera in 2020, Cubanacan by Roberto Valera at Havana Biennial and world tour, and a new opera at Potsdam Musikfestsipele by Pedro Memelsdorff, based on the character of the first Caribbean opera singer.

In parallel, he works as a co-director with Robert Wilson since 2008, collaborating together in over 20 countries. The last creations include Mary Said What She Said with Isabelle Huppert at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and Jungle Book with CocoRosie. He also revives numerous shows on tour, such as Krapp’s Last Tape where he directs Wilson on stage.  

about the Compositor

Dom Bouffard

Dom Bouffard is a London-born composer, performer and sound artist who frequently collaborates with Charles Chemin. Dom’s work reaches across rock, ‘new music’, sound art, experimental theatre, film, contemporary dance, Radiokunst, sound sculpture, performance and installation art. From roots in the UK alternative scene with the bands Sona Fariq and Queen Adreena, Dom has gone on to collaborated with many influential artists including Robert Wilson, Victoria Chaplin, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Coco Rosie and Daniel Hope. Dom’s own work fuses, punk, musique concrète, Dada and many other elements and has been shortlisted for the Kriegsblinden and Karl Sczuka Prizes.

about the actor

Sorin Leoveanu

Sorin Leoveanu is one of the most talented, profound, appreciated and loved actors in Romania, as evidenced by his memorable roles, performed both at the National Theater of Craiova and at the National Theater of Cluj, Bulandra Theater, Odeon Theater, etc.

Sorin Leoveanu made his debut at the National Theater in Craiova in the role of Mr. Ponza in Right You Are (If You Think So) by Luigi Pirandello, in 1999, after which he played Beppo from Carlo Goldoni’s Gossip Carnival (2000) and Florindo Aretussi from The Servant to Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni (2001), all directed by Vlad Mugur.

At the age of 27, his director and mentor, Vlad Mugur, cast him in the title role in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, at the National Theater in Cluj (2001), Leoveanu making by this play a reference role for the history of contemporary Romanian theater.

In fact, Sorin Leoveanu’s career has often been rewarded with numerous awards and distinctions:

Winner of the UNITER Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the title role in the play Caligula by Albert Camus, directed by László Bocsárdi, at the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater in Craiova, 2012;

Winner of the UNITER Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Investigator in the play Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoevsky, directed by Yuriy Kordonskiy, at the Bulandra Theater (2007);

Winner of the UNITER Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Lucio in the play Measure for Measure by W. Shakespeare, directed by Silviu Purcărete, at the National Theater “Marin Sorescu” in Craiova (2009);

Nominated for the UNITER Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and winner of the Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Cluj-Napoca National Theater Awards Gala), for the role of Hitler in the play Mein Kampf  by George Tabori, directed by Alexandru Dabija, at the Cluj-Napoca National Theater (2015);

For the roles Hamlet (Hamlet by W. Shakespeare, directed by Vlad Mugur, National Theater in Cluj) and Khlestakov (Auditor of N. V. Gogol, directed by Claudiu Goga, National Theater “Marin Sorescu” in Craiova) received both the AICT Award, given by the International Association of Theater Critics (2001) and the Prize of the Ministry of Culture for Young Artists (2002).

For the most recent role that he played – Barry Champlain from the play Radio by Eric Bogosian, directed by Bobi Pricop (2019, “Marin Sorescu” National Theater in Craiova), he was nominated for the UNITER Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

For his roles in the film, Sorin Leoveanu received a nomination for the GOPO Award for Best Actor and the Geo Barton Male Performance Award for the role of Sorin Pîrvu in Q. E. D., directed by Andrei Gruzsniczki (2015) and, in 2013, a nomination for GOPO Award for Best Supporting Actor, for the role of Gogu in Undeva la Palilula (Somewhere in Palilula), directed by Silviu Purcărete.

The President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, awarded him, in 2016 with the Order “Cultural Merit” in the rank of Knight, category D – “Performing Arts“.

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