Fiesta | Play | Ivan Vazov National Theatre
30 September, Monday 20:00 The muses


00 h 59 m
Physical theatre performance

Production team:

Andrea Gavriliu
Set Designer
Andreea Săndulescu
Mihai Dobre
Andrea Gavriliu


a physical theatre performance by Andrea Gavriliu

Concept and choreography: 

Andrea Gavriliu


Andreea Săndulescu


Mihai Dobre


Sebastian Burneci


As the title already divulges without any discretion, the performance is about a party. The occasion is irrelevant, it is the experience itself that matters for each unique spectator. Everyone is given the freedom to recognize themselves, others, or just society in general at this party. The unconventional space in which it takes place – the national theatre's first-floor foyer – has the necessary means to bring the audience closer to the performers, so they can get a better approach (literally) to this journey they are about to get in. This way, the spectators will not be just voyeurs watching from the dark, they will be able to attend actively this energetic experience.

For me, as a creator, this performance involves multiple challenges: separation from the "black box", a nonstop 59-minute soundtrack that keeps you breathless, having eight performers on stage all the time, the carefully built-up transition from sobriety/control/self-awareness to unleashing/brutishness/state of trance. All of these adjectives are not meant to ridicule or point a finger at society, all viewers have the freedom to extract their own message and, most importantly, to appreciate the artistry behind it.

"Fiesta" is a physical theatre performance with highly elaborate movement material that makes the most of every second. There is no spoken text to explain the events happening, the physicality of the actors does it all. This way, the audience will perceive not only with their intellect but with their instinct and emotions as well.

Andrea Gavriliu


Who is Andrea Gavriliu?

Born on September 2nd, 1985 in Sfântu Gheorghe, Andrea Gavriliu graduated in the acting department of the Theatre and Film Faculty of Cluj-Napoca in 2008. She worked as an actor in the "Youth Theatre" of Piatra Neamț until 2014.

In 2013 she received her master's degree in choreography at "Ion Luca Caragiale" University of Theatre and Film of Bucharest by directing, choreographing, and performing in "Zic Zac", a dance theatre production that quickly became popular in Romania and abroad.

Currently, she is a choreographer at "Lucian Blaga" National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca, the doctor in theatre and performing arts, and teaches movement in the "Ion Luca Caragiale" at the National University of Theatre and Film of Bucharest.

Her activity includes various collaborations with theatre and opera directors as a choreographer and performer, but her main interest is creating physical theatre productions and popularising this genre in the Romanian cultural field and abroad.


Second Assistant Director:

Reneta Ikonomova

Poster author:

Nikolay Dimitrov NAD

Program design:

Yanina Petrova


Stefan N. Shterev


Stefan N. Shterev


Premiere: 2nd and 4th of November 2022



E timpul să ne scufundăm în petrecere – B-Critic, 22.12.2022

Fiesta de la Sofia și noile mize ale Andreei Gavriliu –, 14.12.2022


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