Who Killed Szomna Grancsa?
The play follows the story of a 17-year-old Roma girl from Harghita County, who is found hanged in the penthouse of her parents. The story of Szomna cannot be unravelled by either the community or the law people, although each has an explanation of the girl's death. Why this gesture from a girl who, in the eyes of everyone, seemed to be happy? Moreover, Szomna was very religious, her gesture contradicts the beliefs that guided her up to this point throughout her life. She left a message on the wall before she died. What is the significance of it? The statements of those who met her seem to be all true, but they contradict each-other, leaving only the words of the first witness: "I do not understand". Everyone pleads "innocent," although they all live with a sense of guilt.
Inspired by the stories (In Grove and Roshomon) written by Rjúnosuke Akutagawa, and the information that has appeared in the press about this suicide case, the Giuvlipen Company builds the story of who Szomna Grancsa was step by step, in a show that uses the "Rashomon effect" to describe the circumstances in which the same event gives rise to some contradictory interpretations by those who have known her.
‘The vanguard of a Roma revolution, a fightback - through art and activism - after centuries of oppression.’Reuters Found
‘The women of the Roma feminist theatre company Giuvlipen give voice to a vibrant community surrounded by myth and prejudice.’Dazed
‘The stake of the show is not to give an answer to an individual's guilt, but to generate questions about a collapsing social system. Three things favor Szomna's suicide: precariousness, lack of education and discrimination, all packaged in goodwill.’Dilema Veche
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1: ©Giuvlipen_Mihaela Drăgan, Zita Moldovan
2: ©Giuvlipen_Liana Ceterchi
3: ©Giuvlipen_Mihaela Drăgan, Zita Moldovan
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5: ©Giuvlipen_Zita Moldovan, Mihaela Drăgan