There are thousands of ways to talk about ageing, but the playwright Peca Ștefan chose only nine. To be more precise, nine unusual sketches, packed full of imagination and good humour, as well as questions that are essential to the future of humanity. Depending on how one choses to look at the matter, the playwright demonstrates, the Romanian folk tale Youth Without Old Age can be retold both in an utopian future, where babies chose whether they want to be born or not, or the prosaic present of the German Social Services (maybe not so prosaic, given that one of the characters is an immortal Walachian prince, with a passion for the colour of blood). In surprising combinations of three, surprising form one performance to the next and chosen by the public themselves, the nine stories will make up a unique theatrical mosaic, co-production of the Timisoara National Theatre and the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe: The Clock is Ticking. 60 Minutes Older. Based on research done in Timisoara and Karlsruhe, the performance promises to offer the audiences in both cities a creative and emotional journey into their own existence.
The rehearsals have already begun in Karlsruhe, on June 24, and will continue in Timisoara as of August 25. The opening of The Clock is Ticking is scheduled at the National Theatre’s Sala 2, in Timisoara, on September 7, 19:00, to be followed by a second opening night in Karlsruhe, October 3rd. The artistic team joins together with the Romanian writer the German stage director Malte C. Lachmann, actors Sabina Bijan, Sophia Löffler, Colin Buzoianu and Jan Andreesen, stage designer Anna van Leen and video artist Lucian Matei.
The coproduction of the National Theatre with the Badisches Theater in Karlsruhe, Germany, is one of the six theatre productions created as part of the Art of Ageing (AA) project, financed by the European Comission through the Culture Program and developed under the umbrella of the European Theatre Convention (ETC) in eight theatres from four European countries (Romania, Germany, Slovakia and Croatia). The Arts of Ageing project si developed over a period of two years and aims at exploring on stage a phenomenon that affects us all: ageing societies, a demographical challenge that differs from one country to the next.