Twenty years in Siberia
„20 Years in Siberia” is a show about the destiny of a peasant woman from Bucovina, who was the author of one of the most important testimonials about the ordeal from the Soviet Gulag. Aniţa and her entire family were also among the 13.000 Romanians from the north of Bucovina, who lived the terror of deportation in June 1941. She lived through the regime of famishment, disease and hard work in a very harsh environment, managing to bring up her sons and return to her native land together with them in 1961. Her memoir book was printed only after 1989, in Romania, at the Humanitas publishing house and was awarded the „Lucian Blaga” Prize of the Romania Academy. It was translated in various languages of International circulation. „After such a book, any inferiority complex we have as a nation should disappear”, Monica Lovinescu assessed.
Brought on stage at the NTB, the story gives shape to a show which rouses the benumbed consciences and unveils the terror of communism. It is an invitation to discover the true magnitude of this rod of the twentieth century, upon which today many project a sweetened and nostalgic vision.
In the dramatic interpretation of Amalia Cioran we will discover a simple peasant woman, endowed with a writing fluency and a spontaneous way of telling a story, which makes the talent of many renowned artists fade. Without being heavy-laden with hate or imprecations and without ever pronouncing the word „communism”, Anița/Amalia attunes her thoughts and experiences to an exceptional artistic performance, which reveals „the decidedly aristocratic stature of the Romanian peasant”, as Ștefan J. Fay said.