about the Director
Dasha Nikiforova is a Swedish actress and director with her roots deep in industrial Siberia. As a director she loves to infuse movement and unexpected choreography into traditional theatre. Even in familiar themes she want to find a new twist which can challenge the viewers bubbles and make them see things from a new perspective. As an artist she likes to challenge her way of working in a process and takes every opportunity to find new way to create.
Dasha got her education through The Theatre Academy of Dramatic Arts, Luleå Uni. of Technology in north Sweden in 2015 where she acquired a bachelor degree in acting, but also through workshops in physical theatre in US, France and Greece.
In 2018 she wrote, directed and choreographed her own performance about the artist Frida Kahlo Frieda x 3.
Dashas work is often characterized as absurd, humorous and visual.
about the actor
George 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.