Odeon Theatre has the pleasure to announce the premiere of


by Elżbieta Chowaniec


Directed by Zoltán Balázs (Hungary)
Set design Constantin Ciubotariu
Costumes design Andrada Chiriac
Cast Antoaneta Zaharia, Paula Niculiță, Simona Popescu, Mădălina Ciotea

Duration: 1h 15 min
Tickets price: 30 lei, 15 lei

Main partner: Hungarian Institute in Bucharest

Opening night: 31 May, 1 June, 19h30, Studio Hall

Gardenia tells the story of four generations of Polish women from the same family who are fighting with their schemas, convictions and heritage. All the women present their story at the same age – great grandmother, grandmother, mother and daughter – thirty three years old and get through historic circumstances starting with the second world war till the present time. These circumstances shape partly women’s life but what influence them directly, they would say, is their mother.

Together with the actresses Antoaneta Zaharia and Paula Niculiţă, who have been part of the theatre team for over 15 years, you will discover for the first time on our stage the new employed actresses Simona Popescu and Madalina Ciotea.

Elżbieta Chowaniec was born in 1982 in Kraków. She is a playwright and dramatist, author of plays for adults and children. She is a graduate of Katowice Film School with a degree in Film & TV Production, Łódź Film School with a diploma in Screenwriting, and Warsaw University with a Journalism degree. She attended the School of Drama at the Drama Laboratory in Warsaw. She has participated in numerous playwriting seminars and workshops with authors like Mark Ravenhill, Nikolaj Kolada, Iwan Wyrypajew. She is a recipient of the Theater Scholar Award from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Gardenia is her first work, and was staged in 2007 at the Drama Laboratory, Warsaw. Since then it has been translated into numerous languages and staged in Hungary, Slovakia, Russia and Romania. Since her debut in 2007, her plays and their adaptations have premiered over 20 times.

Zoltán Balázs graduated as an actor and director from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. He participated in several foreign workshops such as in Anatoly Vasiliev’s and Josef Nadj’s workshop in Avignon. He studied with Robert Wilson in Paris and he also graduated the European Theatre Union’s directorial course in Stuttgart. In 2001 he founded one of the most important independent theatre, Maladype Theatre, and since he has been the artistic director in Budapest, Hungary. Zoltán Balázs is a regular guest at festivals and theatres around the globe - not just with his own company but as a director, too. He directed in the United States, France, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia and Romania as well. His many-sided and versatile artistic work and his performances experimenting with new theatrical language have been honoured with many theatre and state awards. Through his performances he aims to give the audience a theatrical experience which is complex, appeals to emotions and senses and raises the scenery, motion and music to the same level as the lyrics.
Gardenia is produced within the European project Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe, third edition, funded by the European Commission within the program Creative Europe 2017-2020.

“Fabulamundi Playwriting Europe: Beyond Borders?” is a cooperation project among theatres, festivals and cultural organisations from 10 EU Countries (Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Austria, Belgium, UK, Poland and Czech Republic). The network aims to support and promote the contemporary playwriting across Europe, in order to reinforce and enhance the activities and strategies of the professionals and artists working in the sector and to provide the theatre authors and professionals with opportunities of networking, multicultural encounter and professional development.

In the frame of this project, at Odeon Theatre has been presented between 2012 – 2016 eight reading performances from the dramaturgy of all the partner countries. The translated play were  published in 2015 and 2016 in the volumes Italian contemporary drama and European contemporary drama, at Cheiron Publishing House and Cultural Foundation „Camil Petrescu”.

Kepler-438b was the first performance produced within this project.