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Hektomeron presents Decameron, a project launched from the National Theatre in Craiova, Source: Hektomeron Facebook

Craiova theatre draws parallels between Boccacio's Decameron times and our own

Craiova theatre draws parallels between Boccacio's Decameron times and our own

100 directors from 100 countries present online stories from the medieval anthology

Hektomeron is the name of a project that allows people to watch online performances of Boccaccio's Decameron until 24 April 2021. This initiative is brought by Craiova's "Marin Sorescu" National Theater, which has been running online shows since mid-January delighting viewers from all over the world.

Decameron was published more than 650 years ago, yet it seems very relevant today. The Craiova National Theatre introduces Boccaccio's 100 stories during a period when loneliness and anxiety are as prevalent as they were in Florence during the Medieval plague pandemic when the stories were written and set.

The Hektomeron project has received over 500,000 views from virtually every corner of Europe, which means that it is hitting the right notes with audiences.

100 directors from 100 countries

The initiative involves 100 directors from 100 countries, each of whom directs one story from the Decameron. The rehearsals for each episode take place digitally, in two parts, following the "style" of a traditional production: in the first part, the producer interacts only with the performer, and in the second part, we switch to the stage, where the lights are installed, the sound is tuned, the action is "set," visual projections are built, and so on.

All episodes are in Romanian with English subtitles, and the actors are from Craiova's National Theater. The episode directed by Radu Afrim, who will collaborate with a guest star, is an exception.

The episodes are available for free on the project's website. Viewing is possible from a computer, cell phone, or tablet, and no access account is needed.

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