Nicoleta Esinencu  [ Moldova ]

Biography

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Guest 2010, 2012, 2018.

Bibliography

Fuck you, Eu.ro.Pa!
Monolog
Akademie Schloss Solitude
Stuttgart, 2005
[Ü: Helga Kopp]

A(II)Rh+
Walther König
Köln, 2007
[Ü: Georg Aescht]

Odessa Transfer
Nachrichten vom Schwarzen Meer
[Hrsg. Katharina Raabe u. Monika Sznajderman]
Suhrkamp
Frankfurt a. M., 2009
[Ü: Eva Ruth Wemme]

Das rumänische Theater nach 1989
Seine Beziehungen zum deutschsprachigen Raum
[Hrsg. Alina Mazilu, Medana Weident u. Irina Wolf]
Frank & Timme
Berlin, 2010

Nicoleta Esinencu was born in 1978 and raised in the Moldavian capital Chişinău. She studied Drama Studies at the State Academy of Music, Theatre and the Plastic Arts. Together with the renowned authors Mihai Fusu and Dumitru Crudu, she wrote the drama »A þptea cafanã« (2001, tr: The Seventh Coffee House) which was successfully staged in Moldova, Romania and at various European festivals. She has worked since 2002 as a dramaturge at the Eugen-Ionescu Theatre in Chişinău.

She became suddenly known to an international audience with her monologue »Fuck you, Eu.ro Pa!« (2005), which she wrote during a scholarship residence at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. In this piece, a young woman tries to explain to her father why she doesn't wish to participate in an essay-writing competition on the subject of her home country, the Republic of Moldova. The mantra-like »Papa, I have to tell you something...« is accompanied by a gradual settling of scores with her country and its recent history, and with Europe and the situation in the post-Soviet world. On the one hand, she feels betrayed and repelled by a future dominated by neo-liberal greed for profit which is spilling over into the former Soviet republic from Europe. And on the other hand, she feels robbed of her past - her childhood in the Soviet Union, which was part of a house of lies. Emotionally, chagrin and disappointment boil over in the statements and anecdotes contained in the text, but they are not without humour. It can also be understood as a declaration of love for this little country on the fringes of Europe between Romania and Ukraine. Esinencu accordingly states in an interview: »Everything I write, I write for Moldova.« The work, which is reminiscent of Elfriede Jelinek's dramatic monologues (albeit with a more aggressive diction) was staged in Chişinău, Bucharest, Nancy and Moscow. Fierce debates led to the piece being banned in her home country, but it can now be performed again under a different title. The other texts she has produced since then are also characterised by a forceful and aggressive tone and are critical of post-Communist society. Social and political themes are always in the fore in her writing: the piece »A(II)RH+« (2007), for example, is concerned with nationalism and child abuse, and the two-person piece »Sugar-Free« (premièred in Dresden in 2008) deals with the ubiquitous commercialism. For the anthology »Odessa Transfer«, a volume of essays, literary reportages and tales from the Black Sea region, she creates in her text »Von Chişinău zum siebten Kilometer« (tr: From Chişinău to the Seventh Kilometre) – a poetic, ironic and at the same time prosaic look at her country in the last twenty years. The author was awarded the Romanian theatre award Dramacum. Esinencu lives and works in Chişinău.

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