The show follows the story of a 17-year-old Roma girl from Harghita, who is found hanging in her parents’ barn. Szomna’s story cannot be deciphered either by the community or the people of the law, although everyone has an explanation for the girl’s death. Why this gesture from a girl who seemed to be happy in everyone’s eyes? Moreover, Szomna was very religious, so her gesture is contradicting the beliefs which guided her throughout her life. Before she died, she left a message on the wall. What is its significance? The statements of those who knew her seem all true but they contradict each other. We remain only with the words of the first witness: “I do not understand.” Everyone pleads “not guilty” although they all live with the feeling of blame.
directed by: Mihai Lukacs with: Liana Ceterchi, Mihaela Drăgan, Zita Moldovan scenography: Elena Dobîndă live music: Elena Albu producer: Giuvlipen Theatre Company
About the artists
Mihai Lukacs is a stage director, performer, theorist. Lukacs holds a PhD in comparative gender studies from Central European University Budapest. His performative practices talk about the relationship between the Roma people and the gadje (blue/orange, Bucharest 2017; Who Killed Szomna Grancsa?, 2017; Gadjo Dildo, 2015; Sara Kali-The Dark Madonna, Vienna 2014), public humiliation (Public Humiliation #1-3, Vienna 2013; Like a Bit of Luggage, 2013; PRIMVS, Hanover 2014; Public Art Humiliation, Bucharest 2015), sexual liberation (Queer Worker, Vienna 2013; Queercore, Bucharest 2012; Jehanne Unscharf, 2012), faith and exclusion (The Congregation of the Castoffs, Bucharest 2015), forced evictions and homelessness (Razzing, Bucharest 2014; Signs for Adult Homeless Persons, Cluj 2013).