Memodrome:Roots, the last from its series after Memodrome:Incubator and Memodrome:Home, is a performative journey into Romanianess. Continuing the exploration of matters of identity and belonging, we moved from London to Cluj – Romania, from the Romanian diasporic community to its native home, to investigate how people feel about being Romanian, how they feel about their country and if they ever thought of migrating.
As sometimes exile lies in our imagination, the sense of otherness comes to life when our personal memories are not reflected in the conventional stories of our national identity. And when you keep on living in your native country, it is so unlikely that you are asking yourself what is the value of your nationality, what does it mean to you, what does it mean for your personal life.
Produced by Romanian theatre & film company Create.Act.Enjoy, Memodrome:Roots explores the life of six Romanians and their journey from the communist past to present, articulating questions of nationhood thorough personal memories: a very honest and spontaneous performance of the self. Hosted by Bastionul Croitorilor (Tailors’ Bastion) – the surviving tower of the old Transylvanian citadel, this immersive installation invites the audience to a personal and intimate encounter with memories and thoughts of Romanianess. Audience is enchanted to connect with the real stories of six performers and to share their own experiences of the past.
Performers: Ioana Hanchevici, Călina Langa, Rodica Lupan, Radu Ghiță, Mircea Gui, Cornel Hoza
Documentation, Direction and Production: Diana Buluga, Cristian Pascariu
Concept and research support: Anca Doczi
Many thanks: Cristian Luchian, Alexandra Felseghi , Raluca Lupan, Alin Barbir, Cristian Manolache, Victor Lup