In three days the grass will grow …

Performance and visual installation

20 and  21 aprilie, 7:30 pm

/SAC @ Malmaison

Calea Plevnei 137 C, 2nd floor, Atelierele Malmaison

Concept: Ioana Marinescu

Performers: Smaranda Găbudeanu, Iulia Mărăcine, Katia Pascariu, Andreea David

Special guest: Aurelia Anton

Film: Laurențiu Calciu

Video and sound editing: Cristian Văraru

Costumes: Doina Apreotesei

Production: Ana Turoș

Duration: 75 min

Tickets: Thursday, 20 April, 7:30 pm | Friday, 21 April, 7:30 pm


What is left when apparently there is nothing left? 

The 19th century archaeological excavations in Pompeii revealed voids formed by the decomposition of organic matter beneath layers of calcified ash. Once filled with plaster, a series of casts took shape – ‘stone bodies’ trapped as in an eternal sleep. Following the programmatic destruction of Uranus Hill in Bucharest in the 1980s, almost nothing tangible remained, but a few physical fragments. Yet, a vivid community keeps the memory of the erased districts alive.

What is the potential of somatic and affective explorations to generate new relations to a traumatic historical past? 

In three days the grass will grow… oscillates between oblivion and remembering, erasure and recovery. Past spaces, objects and stories are brought into the present. Their reconfiguration generates new experiences that become in turn archival sources.


Part of ‘Past Present. The Archive and the Body’, originally presented by PETEC (Association for Theatre and Books) at /SAC @ Malmaison in November 2022. The project is based on the research of Ioana Marinescu (visual artist and architect) who brings to light the phenomenon of repressed, disappeared histories and forced displacement of communities in their attempt to reconcile with a problematic past.


In three days the grass will grow… is co-produced by PETEC and /SAC @ Malmaison, co-financed by AFCN, with the support of The National Center for Dance Bucharest (CNDB).

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

Partners: Cartierul Uranus community platform, CESI (Center of Excellence in Image Studies), Radio Romania Cultural, Igloo

Special thanks: Pompeii Archaeological Park

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