Pantagruel’s Sister-In-Law

Text: Francois Rabelais
Directed by: Silviu Purcărete
Scenography: Helmut Stürmer
Music: Vasile Şirli
Cast: Marie Cayrol, Diana Văcaru-Lazăr, Cristina Flutur, Diana Fufezan, Enikö Gyorgyjakab, Ofelia Popii, Miklós Bács, József Biró, Zsolt Bogdán, Jacques Bourgaux, Florin Coşuleţ, Áron Dimény, Adrian Matioc, Levente Molnár, Cătălin Pătru, Laurent Schuh, Cristian Stanca, Anca Stranici, Laura Călina
Purcărete’s performance creates images abounding in gastric or sexual lasciviousness. Elastic and consistent, as the dough battered by men – it is an interesting thing the adoption of this specific feminine gesture by the masculine records, where the tragedy of devouring actually consumes, in a ludic-parodic key. The genital organs are being hit with the voluptuously battered dough.

If the dilated eye was the element that visually represented the fantastic in Pilaffs and Mule Scent, here, the over-dimensioned lips could be the best image for this continuous mastication. The appetite is doubled through bodies without identity who celebrate a carnival-like banquet, where everything gets lost in the great anonymity of the celebration. The performance is digested between the two moments that close the menu’s cycle: the dissected body from which hypertrophic organs come out, flooding a world that lives by eating and the one covered in dough, instantaneously baked and frenetically enjoyed.

Pantagruel’s Sister-In-Law, overweight and delighted by the feast. From up above, a rain of spoons, a culinary arrangement of the space. The absorbed objectuality of the set: table, glass, plates etc. In short, Bon Appetit! (Mihaela Michailov)
2014- Nominee at Uniter for best performance
26 mai 2003, Cluj-Napoca
Noiembrie 2003, București, Festivalul Național de Teatru "I.L. Caragiale"
Noiembrie 2003, Craiova, Timișoara
Noiembrie 2003, Buapesta, Ungaria
3-5 septembrie 2004, Cognac, Franța, „Festivalul Coup de chauffe a Cogna”
1-29 noiembrie 2004, Bayonne, Seyne, Chatillon, Franța
29 noiembrie -6 decembrie 2004, Porto, Portugalia, „Întâlnirea Teatrelor Europene”
17-20 octombrie 2005, Roma, Italia, „Festival de L'Union des Theatres de l'Europe”
10-19 aprilie 2006, Bogota, Columbia, „FESTIVAL IBEROAMERICANO DE TEATRO DE BOGOTA”
10 mai 2006, Cluj-Napoca, „Zilele commemorative Gyorgy Harag”
26, 27, 28 iunie 2008, Napoli, Italia, „Napoli Teatro Festival”
13 septembrie 2008, Ljubljana, Slovenia, „ExPonto Festival”
2 mai 2009, Trabzon, Turcia, „International Blacksea Theatre Festival Trabzon”
22 septembrie, 2009, Skoje, Macedonia, „MOT International Theatre Festival”
12 noiembrie 2011, Esch, Luxemburg, „Stagiunea 2011/2012 Theatre d’Esch” (Ora de Sibiu)
Estimated duration:2h
Premiere Date:06-06-2003