In 2016 a zealous TV journalist shames and humiliates those taking part at a historical court case – the State versus Ioan Ficior. 60 years before, Ioan Ficior, a zealous young communist, runs a prison where 100 people die due to mistreatment. And 20 years before that, during 1940’s, a zealous teenage Hungarian baron kills a peasant from his land in front of the man’s younger brother, Ioan Ficior. This all performed by an actress supported by live music and a tank full of fish.
directed by: Ioana Păun with: Ilinca Manolache live music: Diana Miron text: Smaranda Nicolau research: Laura Ștefănuț producers: Ioana Păun and Cristina Găvruș
About the artists
Ioana Păun (b. 1984) is a young director working and researching internationally, having graduated from Goldsmiths University London and UNATC Bucharest. Her work explores the ways humans behave in ferocious political, economic and health circumstances. Ioana is often working with teams of investigative journalists and contemporary thinkers, pushing various ethical buttons. Paun’s performances and ideas got support from contemporary performance art institutions such as Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kunstraum Lakeside, CEC ArtsLink, Teatro Luna Chicago, MNAC, and others.