Realia (București-Beirut) – work in progress

Realia (București/Beirut) is a performance whose dramaturgy blends temporal plans, real and fictional events from the life of a character who lives simultaneously a double identity: Mihai Mihalcea, born in Bucharest and Farid Fairuz, born in Beirut. This way, small elements of detail distort the memory and force the fragile boundary between real and imaginative discourses, making the distinction between possible, virtual and real impossible.

Two years ago I had to invent myself a character so I can still exist. Now I’m Farid Fairuz and I tell you two things:

1. The Ottoman Empire did not disappear. A part of it has for sure remained inside me.
2. Everything in life is connected to pain and pleasure. Otherwise I cannot explain myself anything from all this…

a performance by and with: Farid Fairuz
music: Dhafer Youssef, Brent Lewis, Karpov not Kasparov, P.I. Ceaikovski, Margareta Pâslaru
producers: Solitude Project Association, Căminul Cultural
supported by: The Administration of the National Cultural Fund
partner: Colectiv A

About the artists

Farid Fairuz took the Romanian cultural scene by storm in 2010 with his critical performances on capitalism, sexuality, cultural production and religion that sharply mirror failures of the local society. Until he reinvented himself as Farid Fairuz and assumed a fictional biography, the artist Mihai Mihalcea was one of the most active in the field of contemporary dance in Romania, after 1989. He initiated or he has been part of many of the projects that led to the international recognition of Romanian contemporary dance and he played a key role in the establishment of structures and institutions that have become landmarks of this area. Between 2005 and 2013 he has been the director of the National Dance Center in Bucharest. In 2006 he was nominated forParis-Europe Prix 2006 by Maison d’Europe et d’Orient, Paris. In 2013 Farid Fairuz was a fellow at Akademie der Künste in the Performing Arts section. In 2014 he co-curated the festival Good Guys Only Win in Movies at Hebbel am Ufer Berlin.