15 Jan

The show “Women” by Gheorghe Iancu

Date: 15 January 2014

makes a come-back in the repertoire of the Bucharest National Opera

25 and 31 January 2014, at 19.00


Gheorghe Iancu, the artist that brought back The Swan Lake ballet in 2013, at the Bucharest National Opera, this time offers to the audience the contemporary dance performance of Women, inspired from the creation of Anton Pavlovich Chekov. The soundtrack is combined of works by composers Sergei Rachmaninoff, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith and Russian orthodox songs. Thus, after almost five years of absence from the Bucharest National Opera Repertoire, the ballet Women makes a comeback on the stage of the institution on 25 and 31 January, at 19.00, with its first two performances that will have as guest, in the main role of Masha, the Italian prima-ballerina Letizia Giuliani, an artist who changed the life of the great Gheorghe Iancu and who had a powerful impact over the creation process of the ballet Women. The role of the Lover will be performed in the first two performances by Cuban ballet dancer Amilcar Moret.

The project Women was started by Gheorghe Iancu when he was dancing in Italy together with the famous prima-ballerina Carla Fracci. In 2002, when Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Italy) ordered the work, the famous ballerina, although she was not yet retired, could not honour the invitation. Thus, Gheorghe Iancu was looking for a new star, for novelty, because the main role of Masha required it. And the miracle happened. Gheorghe Iancu tells the story:

One day, passing by an open door, where rehearsals were taking place, I turned around and saw a “creature” in the air that was drawing some lines in a way I’ve never seen before. I took three steps back on that corridor, I sat at the door and for five minutes I stood still. She was Letizia Giuliani and she had 18 years old. That was our first encounter and when I started working, that miracle happened which I most love in my job. It is not the staged performance or the public success or even the performance of the show in itself, but the moment of creation when this untold understanding is born between the choreographer, the author of the ballet and the performer.

The performance stage designer, Luisa Spinatelli, thinks that the ballet Women “leaves marks in the mind and heart of the spectator and certainly troubles with its powerful contemporaneousness”. Luisa Spinatelli created decors and costumes for several ballet shows, from the classic repertoire as well as the contemporary one, collaborating over the years with great choreographers such as Pierre Lacotte Roland Petit, Natalia Makarova, Patrice Bart, Dominic Walsh and Derek Deane.

After the absolute premiere of the show Women (Donne), created by choreographer Gheorghe Iancu for the Festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (in 2002) and presented that same year with the Danza & Danza award, the dance critic Gabriela Gori wrote for the website www.drammaturgia.it:

With Donne (Women), Gheorghe Iancu returns to Chekov in order to stage, with a profound psychological and dramatic force, the life of Masha, a character that can be compared to Pushkin’s Tatiana (from Eugene Onegin) and Tolstoy’s Anna (from Anna Karenina). Masha, unlike these characters, will murder her husband in the name of a shattered love dream, refusing social debasement and male brutality (…)

After he emigrated to Italy, Gheorghe Iancu rapidly became an international star, together with his stage partner, the famous ballerina Carla Fracci. Together, they danced on the most important stages in the world, at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House in London, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Opera in Berlin, Opera di Roma. As a dancer, he worked with the greatest ballerinas: Eva Evdokimova, Marcia Hydée, Monique Loudières, Birgitte Keil, Lynn Charles and ballet dancers Rudolf Nureev, Patrick Dupont, Paolo Bortoluzzi, and Vladimir Vassiliev etc. in his choreographic activity, Gheorghe Iancu collaborated with great theatre and opera directors of the world, such as Georgio Strehler, Beppe Menegatti. Gheorghe Iancu collaborated intensely, along the years, with director and set designer Pier Luigi Pizzi, for the shows at Teatro alla Scala in Milan such as The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár. Other valuable works are his choreographies for Macbeth (2007), Carmen (2008), and Cleopatra (2008) for Arena di Verona and the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata.



A show by Gheorghe Iancu

Libretto by Gheorghe Iancu after Anton Pavlovich Chekov

Soundtrack combined from works of composers Sergei Rachmaninoff, Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith and Russian orthodox songs.


Set design: Luisa Spinatelli

Lighting design: Ionuţ Pruteanu


Special guests for the representations of 25 and 31 January

Letizia Giuliani (role of Masha) and Moret Amilcar (role of the Lover)

Masha: Oana Babushka / Corina Dumitrescu / Bianca Fota / Bianca Stoicheciu

Lover:  Bogdan Cănilă / Robert Enache / Raul Oprea / Bogdan Plopeanu / Călin Rădulescu,

Husband:  Bogdan Cănilă / Robert Enache / Raul Oprea / Bogdan Plopeanu / Călin Rădulescu,

Sofia: Andra Ionete / Rin Okuno / Gabriela Popovici / Mihaela Soare

Varvara: Laura Blică / Sena Hidaka / Marina Minoiu / Bianca Stoicheciu / Adina Tudor

Feodor: Ionut Arteni / Raul Oprea / Yoshida Shuhei

Alexei: Lucas Campbell / Shohei Horiuchi


The concept of a woman, for me, is not different from the one in the show. The woman from this show impressed me with her strength, with the love she finds in life. She is a character with a force of heart and a force of love so great that it brings her to self-destruction when she is denied the possibility of living this love.


Choreographer Gheorghe Iancu