SĂFTIȚA (Balkan Project)

Marius Mihalache

In 2018, he launched a Balkan Project of Romanian identity, with Romanian instruments inspired by the tales of the Romanian people.

He called it Săftița and performs besides five musicians on stage. It has an outstanding success and immediately after its launch, it was taken over in the season of the National Theatre from Bucharest and it is currently played in the Studio Hall of the National Theatre from Bucharest.

Portraits of women of the Romanian nation.

The powerful and devoted woman, reminding of Queen Mary of Romania, but also of portraits of mothers, lovers, mistresses, fighters. All these female typologies transit various stages, such as the memory of match-making, the memory of the fact that she is loved, but her lover parted, we witness the euphoric stages of our Săftița, who sells her soul to the devil, so as to forget the man who stole her dreams.

We do not forget about the ballads (doina) sung by all heroic Săftița’s of the Romanian people. The ballads of her husband leaving for war, the letters collected in the pouch, which she never dispatches, because the addressee has no address. She collects the strength in her fists to believe that her husband would return in the dawn.

In the suburbs of the old yard, Săftița walks barefoot on the streets full of music and love, singing about the beautiful life of the time, about Fanariot souls and dances of the epoch.

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