LA SOROCA STREET THEATRE


Photos by: Alex Cebotari, Vadim Şterbate

LA SOROCA STREET THEATRE

An idea means a lot, but actually putting it into practice is a matter of luck.

”La Soroca Street Theatre” has got a good chance of progressing. The open spaces make it more appealing, mainly to those inhabitants of our town who would like to develop various cultural and educational activities. A feeling of involvement empowers the individual. An abandoned space, right in the town centre has been brought back to life this autumn. It used to be a much appreciated summer theatre in the 60s and 70s. But the land was then divided up without justification, so that in the end only this barren area was left. When the “V. Apostol” theatre opened in Soroca, I insisted this land be given on a lease.

The lease of the land coincided with the development of the project and was able to start due to the financial support granted by the “KunsTraume Alternatives” project of the Goethe Institut in Bucharest. Thus we now have an original square with a summer stage, which has succeeded in hosting a theatre marathon and a theatre festival entitled “Theatrical Evenings” in memory of V. Apostol, director and teacher. The mix of traditional and modern decorations makes this place charming and special.

We would like to make the “La Soroca Street Theatre” festival an annual event and invite Moldovan as well as foreign theatre groups. We will also organize exhibitions with works of art, traditional handicrafts, video art and experimental film performances. These events will host theatre plays, folklore theatre, and will promote other genres as well, like: music, dance, cinema, performance and the art of oration etc.

Thus, before the main shows, there will be short performances. They are aimed at acquainting the locals and the visitors alike with the place’s artistic values and contemporary art. The subsequent equipping with a screen, a projector and an amplifier, will also allow us to show films, because the town does not have a cinema and we are interested in diversifying the cultural activities. Such projects are indeed a blessing in times of financial crisis, like the one we are experiencing.

Petre Popa, Coordinator