Monday, February 22, 2021, 20:00 EET (GMT +02:00)


Director: Abeer Bshtawi / Palestina

Actor: Claudiu Mihail

Episode: Day 5. Story 5

about the Director

Abeer Bshtawi

Abeer Bshtawi is a 25 years old Performance and visual artist, born and raised in the city of Nazareth – occupied Palestine.  

As a master’s degree student for performance and theatre studies at the University of Haifa, she has been working for the past two years on her research – based performance about Palestinian displacement, answering the question: What does it mean to be born a refugee, and get displaced again, through an autobiographical point of view regarding the differences between 48 Palestinians (Palestinians who stayed in the occupied parts of Palestine after it was occupied) and other Palestinians in the diaspora. 

Also, she volunteered as a teaching and director assistant in one of the theatre department workshops and production working with B.A Students next to the director and actor Noam Robenshtin. 

These two projects and others gave her the experience and tools to create theatre, yet unfortunately, both of them were canceled in their intensive rehearsals period due to the world pandemic. 

Since the pandemic, she has been creating another kind of art: “survival art”, “social media art” in the representation of self-portraits. Besides, she makes video art. 

An additional major part of her life is media and communications. She has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in social theatre and Communication studies from the University of Haifa. She works as a content creator, translator, and is interested in documenting. One of her last works was a short digital documentary in the form of a digital story, called A bridge Over The Zarqa’ River.

At present, she is working on her second documentary.

about the actor

Claudiu Mihail

Since 2016, actor of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theater of Craiova, Claudiu Mihail has collaborated with the Craiova troupe since college in Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco, the fabulous production of the cult director Robert Wilson.

He is one of the most promising actors of the young generation, with an own universe, in a permanent rediscovery, which he brings on stage with each role, combining the marvelous technique, creativity, expressiveness, a deep analytical spirit and a totally special mobility.

Along with the independent company Teatrulescu, he was involved in improvisational shows and community theater projects (actor and coordinator): Your story is the story of your neighborhood or Theater everywhere, theatricals held in various villages in Oltenia.

In 2014 he joined the “Sică Alexandrescu” Theater in Brașov, where he played in shows directed by Vlad Massaci, Cristian Hadji-Culea, Liviu Lucaci and Adrian Iclenzan, but after two years spent in Brașov, he made his debut on the stage of Craiova directed by Bobi Pricop, in the play Illusions by Ivan Vîrîpaev, where he replaced the role of The First Man. In just a few days of intense rehearsals, he realized an excellent creation.

He views each play as a “step”, as a journey, he believes that the roles “choose you” and that the meeting with a new character is one of the most beautiful moments in theater, full of the emotion of unknown.

In this season, on the stage of Craiova he plays in 14 play-meetings, the most recent being: TOC TOC by Laurent Baffie, directed by Alexandru Boureanu and Raluca Păun; Heart and other meat dishes by Dan Coman, directed by Radu Afrim; Outfitul Șearpelui / The Snake’s Outfit by Marius Aldea, concept, artistic direction and choreography by Andrea Gavriliu; Talk Radio by Eric Bogosian, directed by Bobi Pricop.

He is also Lentziu in Meerkats House (Chocolate House) by David Drábek, directed by Radu Afrim; Alejandro in Operațiunea Marte (Mars Operation) by Alexa Băcanu, directed by Dragoș Alexandru Mușoiu; Zander in White Room by Alexandra Badea, directed by Florin Caracala; Jay in The Smell of the Kill by Michele Lowe, directed by Alexandru Boureanu; Claudiu in Retroelectro – text and direction by Bogdan Georgescu; La Grange in Fȇte after Molière, directed by Andreea Ciocîrlan; Soldier in Aias. Eseu despre demență (Essay on dementia) after Sophocles directed by Mihai Măniuțiu; Black in Monstrul nisipurilol (The Sand Monster) by Csaba Székely, directed by Irina Crăiță-Mândră; The First in Dacă am gândi cu voce tare (If They Could Speak Out Loud) by Adnan Lugonić, directed by Radu Afrim.

Palestina artists talk