In Body, signed by Diana Rotaru (composer) and Rares Zaharia (director), was presented at the National Music University of Bucharest and the Gheorghe Dima University of Music in Cluj – Napoca.

In Body on an original libretto by Ciprian Măceşaru, is a poetic-surestalistic meditation on the identity ambiguity: are we our body or what we perceive ourselves to be? How much does sexual identity matter? This thoughts are expressed through a story that has  the damned Hamlet-Ofelia couple in the center, each captive in each other’s body. Hamlet’s masculinity is represented by horns of deer – aggressive regency, and the femininity of Ofelia, the flowers – also present in the famous scene of his death in Shakespeare’s play. The timeless, magical frame abounds in symbols (the deer, the forest, the light / darkness duality, the lake, etc.). The four soloists represent the voices of the characters and their shadows (false bodies). The center of the show hosts a work-in-work (another hint at Hamlet) about social labels applied to women and men in a contemporary setting. The music of Diana Rotaru (interpreted by SonoMania ensemble) translates the polysemanism of the text into a postmodern sound language that goes through the singular, ritualistic, playful, dramatic and other narrative colors.

The syncretic team makes the show combine diverse mediums, symbols and influences:

Rareş Zaharia – Director

Diana Rotaru – Composition & Conductor

Andreea Koch – Set Design

Cristina Lilienfeld – Choreography

Ciprian Măceşaru – Libretto

Rodica Vică – HAMLET (soprano)

Antonela Bârnat – OFELIA (mezzo-soprano)

Smaranda Găbudeanu – Hamlet (dancer)

Cristina Lilienfeld – Ofelia (dancer)

SonoMania Ensemble: Valentin Ghita (English Oboe / Horn), Mihai Pintenaru (clarinet),

Horia Văcărescu (violin), Marian Movileanu (viola), Eugen-Bogdan Popa (violoncello),

Adriana Maier (piano), Sorin Rotaru (percussion)

Serioja Bocsok – video artist

Cristian Iordache (ygreq) – interactive designer

Maia Manolescu – graphics

The show is produced by the Art & Co Association and received funding from the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN). Winner of the UCIMR CAMERA Project.