Sunday, February 14, 2021, 19:00 EET (GMT +02:00)


Director: Françoise Boillat / Switzerland

Actor: Raluca Păun

Episode: Day 5, Story 6

about the Director

Françoise Boillat

Françoise Boillat, born in 1974 at La Chaux-de-Fonds, in Switzerland, is an actress who  graduated from the Lousanne Conservatory in 1998. She then remarcably worked under the direction of Antoine Jaccoud, Dominique Bourquin, Charlotte Hüldi, Robert Sandoz, Marielle Pinsard, Guillaume Béguin, Philippe Macasdar, Oscar Gomez Mata, the music group Velma, Patrice de Montmollin, Hervé Loichemol, Dominique Dardant, Yann Mercanton, André Erlen, Andrea Novicov, Firmin Belza Gomez, Nathalie Sandoz, Stefan H. Kraft, Francy Schori.

In 2000, she goes to Russia where she becomes auditor at the Theatre Academy in Saint-Petersburg and teaches theater to young students. Then, she stays in Romania for one year and works as an actress for the National Theater in Craiova for a bilingual project directed by Alexandru Boureanu. In 2004, she fonds La Compagnie du Gaz, whose first project is Dysfonctions et Maltraitances, a theatrical soap opera written by Antoine Jaccoud and directed by Robert Sandoz. In 2010, she creates Trois Soeurs moins le quart, a collective show around Chekohov and Italian love songs. In January 2014, the company puts on two shows: Les Biches, a documentary show about the serial killers, and Le Manuscrit des chiens, at TPR (Romand Popular Theater). A long collaboration debutes with Antoine Jaccoud and together they put on Les Survivants, En attendant la grippe aviaire, Obèse, Désalpe, ode à l’hiver perdu, Chambre d’amis, created in November 2014 at Köln. Then, in 2017, at Theater of Vidy in Lausanne Etre bête. Meanwhile, Françoise creates Certaines n’avaient jamais vu la mer in 2015, Wallflowering in 2017 at Salzburg. In 2017 she directs her first show for all Le Caillou. Her last shows in March 2019 Aime-moi ou crève! an adaptation of Andromaque by Jean Racine, Marcel show with young public in February 2020, and Médée by P. Corneille, april 2021, TPR (Romand Popular Theatre), La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Since 2011, Françoise Boillat has been teaching and coordinating preparatory training for TPR.

about the actor

Raluca Păun

An explosive presence on Marin Sorescu Theatre’s stage, and a real comic force, Raluca Păun is an extremely complex artist who impresses both through her effervescent acting creations, and through her directing activity.

She has staged performances both at the Craiova National Theatre (Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos; Cabina artistelor by Arnošt Goldflam; The Old Man’s Daughter and the Old Woman’s Daughter after Ion Creangă and 1,2,3… BÉBÉ by André Roussin, for which she has signed the direction together with Alexandru Boureanu), and within the independent theatre (Teatrulescu Company).

She graduated from the University of Craiova, Theatre Art Department / Acting, class prof. Ilie Gheorghe, between 2001 and 2008 she worked at the „Anton Pann“ Theatre in Râmnicu Vâlcea, and since 2003 she has been an actress at the „Marin Sorescu” National Theatre.

Her characters are nuanced, surprising, full of well-controlled humor, sometimes full of sensitivity and sometimes irresistibly energetic, both for the audiences and for the directors who cast her in extremely challenging productions.

In the current season only, she plays in almost twenty performances at the Craiova National Theatre, very diverse roles in different nuances of the comic: TOC TOC by Laurent Baffie, which she translated, and which she directed together with Alexandru Boureanu; Maria/other characters, in Heart and Other Meat Products by Dan Coman, directed by Radu Afrim; A Woman, in Playground text and direction Raul Coldea; Mechthild, in Bang by Marius von Mayenburg, directed by Theodor Cristian Popescu; Rozica, in Chocolate House by David Drábek, directed by Radu Afrim; Karen, in Mars by Alexa Băcanu, directed by Dragoș Alexandru Mușoiu; Mira, in White Room by Alexandra Badea, directed by Florin Caracala; Raluca in Retroelectro, text and direction Bogdan Georgescu; Magdelon, in Fȇte after Molière, directed by Andreea Ciocîrlan; Zoia in The Jays by Alexandru Kiriţescu, directed by Alexandru Boureanu; The Third One, in If We Thought Out Loud by Adnan Lugonić, directed by Radu Afrim; Anca/Anca’s Mother/Mara’s Mother/ Romanian Teacher/ TV Anchor in The Religion Teacher by Mihaela Michailov, directed by Bobi Pricop etc.

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