for Children and Youths
Ariel theatre's name was given in 1991, by the former director,
a remarkable politician and member of Romanian intelligentsia,
Smaranda Enache, who wanted to enlarge the restricted field
of puppeteering in Romania, as it was at the time, to the
larger zone of experiment and artistic adventure.
1949, in Targu-Mures/Marosvasarhely, a city of mixed communities
(Hungarian and Romanian), by an Austrian writer and a Jewish
sculptor, as an alternative puppet theatre, having one company
that was, at the beginning, playing in both Romanian and Hungarian,
the theatre becomes a section of the Hungarian State Theatre
in 1950, only to break free again, in 1952, as an independent
repertory puppet theatre, located in a building owned until
this very day, by the Reformed Church of Targu-Mures/Marosvasarhely.
company was formally initiated in 1964, and since then the
theatre has been functioning with two permanent ensembles:
a Hungarian and a Romanian one. The Ariel theatre is locally
subsidized, and its employees are, beside the 24 actors of
the two ensembles, two literary managers, technicians, workshops
personnel, and other staff, the total number being of 52 persons.
the years, the Ariel theatre has become a real cultural centre,
entertaining and educating both children and teenagers. In
the long run, the audience enjoyed different kinds of plays:
liric and parodic, baroque or commedia dell'arte, Romanian
and Hungarian classic and contemporary authors, old and new,
foreign and local.
international festivals awarded prizes to the theatre, and
benefitted from the tourings of the Ariel productions for
children. In Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Pakistan, Jordan,
France, Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, the theatre has been acclaimed
for its funny and imaginative productions.
when Gavril Cadariu, an inovative and enlightened director
was appointed to run the theatre, Ariel has begun a new period
in its life as a theatre. Adjusting both to the needs of renewal
of the means and practice of theatre performance, and to the
market economy, the Ariel theatre functions on programs that
include, for the first time in its history, the explicit experimental
dimension, and an underground space, opened in 1999, with
the contribution of the Dramafest Foundation (The Romanian
New writing Programme) and The Foundation for the Development
of Civil Society.
theatre is currently producing shows for both children and
adults, addressing to all cathegories of public, also works
with children with special needs, developing a programme of
educational theatre, supported by The European Cultural Foundation,
The Concept Foundation (a member of the Soros Open Network),
and Dramafest Foundation, and is now preparing the setting
of a Regional Resource Center for Educational Theatre.
Theatre of Tirgu Mures encourages young directors and playwrights
to find their voices, in the warm and friendly environment
of this uniquely small, but vailliant, theatre entreprise.