ROMA THEATER IS NOT NOMADIC

ROMA THEATRE IS NOT NOMADIC! is an itinerary project started in 2017 and developed through 2018
with the support of the National Cultural Fund Administration. The main purpose of the tour was to
discuss the necessity and function of a contemporary theatre for the Roma minority in Romania. The
main stake of the project is to facilitate wide public access to shows that value contemporary Roma
drama and organize a national debate on the relevance of Roma Theatre in Romania. The theatre
productions we have presented are not only part of the contemporary Roma culture but are also
intertwined with the most dynamic aspects of modern Romanian and wider European culture.

SOCIO-POLITICAL CONTEMPORARY CONTEXT

Although Roma are the second minority in Romania, the contemporary Roma culture is still in a
marginal position. There is no Roma theatre of the state nor dedicated sections in the existing
theatres. There is no cultural institution that brings together actors, directors, or playwrights,
and no interest in addressing the real issues of Roma communities in society. Another problematic
aspect is the representation of Roma culture as traditional, folkloric, and non-contemporary.
Roma culture is relevant, dynamic and should be supported.

SOCIAL STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION

We still live in a society wherein negative stereotypes of Roma, and of their experience,
permeate the public space.
Systemic racism, discrimination, socio-economic persecution, symbolic violence, even historical
events such as Roma slavery or the Roma holocaust are missing from the mainstream consciousness.
Roma are still facing social exclusion, deeply rooted in history.

 

Played performances:

2017: „Gadjo Dildo”, „blue/orange” and „Who killed Szomna Grancsa?”
2018: „Urban body”, „Kali Tras/ Black fear” and „Gadjo Dildo”

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