Living Statues Festival, the 7th Edition (2017)

 Living Statues Festival, the 7th Edition (2017)

This year`s edition has special particularities regarding our intention to define our place in the landscape of world`s living statues festivals and the interest of living statues professionals in finding theoretical concepts, technical and pedagogical theatrical solutions in the field. It will be a special edition, whole different from the previous ones – first of all, through its duration, as we expanded it from 3 to 7 days, and then through its format and target audience.

It will be a long festival which will start with the Night of Living Statues and will continue with 6 days when Masca`s productions and the ones of our guests from abroad will perform in three different places in Bucharest. We will be in two parks of peripheral neighborhoods, Militari and Ferentari, and in the Herăstrău Park, the biggest and most important park in Bucharest. While meeting the denizens of Crângași in their park already became a tradition, the performances in the Ferentari neighborhood will be a premiere and we are convinced it will be a spectacular one, for us and for our guests. In the Herăstrău Park, we chose an area which is less common for organizing cultural events in Bucharest, The Big Wheel (Roata Mare). This choice is not only interesting but very pleasant as well, for both artists and spectators, as it is beautiful, elegant and full of green and it will give a special shine to our festival.

The Night of Living Statues will bring together foreign and Romanian artists in the park of one of the most interesting museums in Bucharest, the Cesianu House, a mysterious and elegant place, big enough to be capacious and cozy enough to create a special environment for our audience.

The following 6 days of the festival will address different kinds of audiences, from the sophisticated spectator in the biggest park in Bucharest, Herăstrău, to the spectator of the peripheral neighborhoods, Crângași and Ferentari, where the performances will surely have a surprising effect for the people living there.

Two groups of European living statues artists will take part in our festival this year, Great Names from Vienna and the group of Yvonn Hollander from the Netherlands. Masca Theatre and our guests from abroad will perform together bringing to our spectators 15 living statues, not as many as in the previous years, but better realized for sure. Apart from that we prepared several performances of street theatre in which the living statue has the most important and spectacular role.

There will be a few days prior to the festival when we will advertise it through our living statues placed throughout the capital. This activity aims to gather the forces of living statues professionals to make a stand against amateurs who are ruining the image of the living statues by begging for money using this art form.

The 7th edition of The International Festival of Living Statues Masca – 2017 will be an unprecedented cultural event and it will surely open new perspectives.

Masca Theatre

1. COLUMBINA (Cristina Panait)

Bored of everyone and everything, Columbina makes superhuman efforts to remember that she is, nevertheless, one of the most interesting theater characters.


The most beautiful statue from the Bellu Cemetery, The Lady with the Umbrella, tells a beautiful sad story to those who know how to listen.

3. THE WAITING (Valentin Mihalache, Eugen Fetescu, Robert Poiană)

No one knows where they come from and what are they waiting to happen but it is clear that they are here and their thoughts are somewhere else.

4. THE FLOWERED SHOE (Cristiana Savu, Nicolae Popescu)

They are young, they are beautiful, they love each other and they don`t care they are coming from the 16th century!

5. GILBERT & GEORGE (Sorin Dinculescu, Nicolae Pungă)

Two artists coming from England, still living and creating, suggested once the idea of living sculpture!

6. THE LITTLE GIRL (Amalia Popa)

The joy of playing seems to be broken by the fear that someone could come and steal her childhood!

7. THE FRENCH WOMEN (Laura Dumitrașcu, Laura Buric)

Stylish, always laughing and talking, two French women are taking a walk through the Latin Neighborhood!

8. THE CARYATIDS (Oana Nemeș, Alex Budacă)

When they escape from their task to sustain the huge weight of the column on their heads, our Caryatids discover love at first sight.

9. THE MANNEQUIN (Dora Iftode)

It looks like a mannequin from a storefront, but not always what it seems to be is also true.

10. THE BLUE HAT (Ilinca Dinculescu)

One can dance the Argentinian tango in every way, but never without soul!

11. THE REMEMBRANCE (Anamaria Pîslaru)

Old and alone, a lady remembers the time when the tango of love was danced in two!

12. THE FLOWER (Marina Pleșa)

Detached from the silence of the stone in which she was chiseled, the statue holds close to her chest a flower from a story which only she knows.

13. THE BOTTLE (Mădălin Mladinovici)

He is trying to take another sip but the bottle seems to be far, far away…

14. THE TALISMAN (Alina Bondoc)

In the famous neighborhood of pleasures in Bucharest, the Stone Cross, a young woman tries to sell her charms while her tears are running down her face as her beloved, who left for the war, could not be saved by the talisman she gave him.

15. THE GUITAR (Marius Matache)

What could the statue of the folker do but sing?

16. THE SOUNDS (Oliver Tungstal)

Hidden in his old library, a strange character tries to propose you a journey to the world of sounds!

Our guests from China


2. Zhao JIN

3. Sheng LUYUE


5. Liu ZHAO

Our guests from Austria

STEVEN PAUL ‘STEVE’ JOBS; (24 February 1955 – 5 October 2011) was an American entrepreneur and
inventor, best known as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely
recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution. Technologies of the company
under Jobs` guidance were iPhone, iPod & iPad – these are now seen as dictating the evolution of modern
technology. Steve had over 300 patents.
Jobs and Wozniak named the company Apple because they were huge Beatles fans (Apple Records). It’s
not surprising that Apple is now the most valuable technology company in the world. As the CEO of Apple,
Steve earned $1 a year. However, he held on to 5 million Apple shares and 138 million shares in Disney.
“With iPod, listening to music will never be the same again.”
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN; (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was the best remembered Danish author for
his fairy-tales which have been translated into more than 125 languages. Some of Andersen’s most famous
fairy tales include “The Little Mermaid”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Nightingale”, “The
Emperor’s New Clothes” and many more.
His stories have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films. Andersen’s popularity is
not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, or “fairy-tales” in English, express themes that
transcend age and nationality.
“Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale”
ALFRED BERNHARD NOBEL; (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer,
innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He was the inventor of dynamite. Nobel also owned Bofors
company, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major
manufacturer of cannon and other armaments.
Nobel held 350 different patents, dynamite being the most famous. In 1895 Nobel signed his last will and
testament and set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the Nobel Prizes, to be awarded annually without
distinction of nationality.
“If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.”
THOMAS ALVA EDISON; (11 February 1847 – 18 October 1931) was an American inventor and
businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the
phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Edison was a
prolific inventor, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom,
France, and Germany.
He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to
the process of invention, and because of that, he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial
research laboratory.
“What you are will show in what you do.”
ALBERT EINSTEIN; (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist and
philosopher of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern
physics (alongside quantum mechanics). He is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy
equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”).
He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his
discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory. His
intellectual achievements and originality have made the word “Einstein” synonymous with genius.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”


WALTER ELIAS ‘WALT’ DISNEY; (5 December 1901 – 15 December 1966) was a major figure within

American animation industry and throughout the world. He & his staff created some of the world’s most

iconic fictional characters, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. During his lifetime, he

received four honorary Academy Awards and won 22 Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations.

He was an American business magnate, cartoonist, filmmaker, philanthropist, and voice actor. He is

regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the 20th



“If you can dream it, you can do it.”


GABRIELLE ‘COCO’ BONHEUR CHANEL; (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was a fashion designer &

founder of the ‘Chanel brand’. With her trademark suits and little black dresses, Coco Chanel created

timeless designs that are still popular today. She created a new look for women in the 20th century, creating

clothes that were primarily comfortable.

She had a brief career as a singer before opening her first clothes shop in 1910. In the 1920s, she launched

her first perfume and introduced the Chanel suit and the little black dress. Her design aesthetic was realized

in jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5 has become an iconic product.


“A woman has the age she deserves.”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) was a prolific artist and influential

Austrian composer of the Classical era – he created a string of operas, concertos, symphonies and sonatas

that profoundly shaped classical music. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the

age of five and performed before European royalty.

He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber,

operatic, and choral music. Mozart was considered one of the greatest composers of all time. His music

presented a bold expression, often times complex and dissonant, and required high technical mastery from

the musicians who performed it.


“The music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and

charm it, and thereby always remain music.”


FRANZ SACHER; (19 December 1816 – 11 March 1907) was a classic pastry chef from Austria famous for

his invention of chocolate cake called Sacher torte – one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties.

The cake consists of two layers of dense chocolate sponge cake with a thin layer of apricot jam in the

middle, coated in dark chocolate icing on the top and sides. It is traditionally served with unsweetened

whipped cream.

The most famous cake in the world for 175 years! The exact recipe as created by Sacher himself is a closely

guarded secret. The original Sacher torte is still produced in the traditional manner and is handmade &

protected by copyright. Delivery is possible world-wide to most countries whereby they attach great

importance to professionally correct transport.

“Even after 182 years, the Original Sacher-Torte is still a superstar. For us there was never a doubt, but of

course we are glad to now have objective figures at hand to confirm what we already knew.”

– Alexandra Winkler, one of the owners of Hotel Sacher Wien


HENRY FORD; (30 July 1863 – 7 April 1947) was an American industrialist, entrepreneur, automobile

manufacturer. Although Ford did not invent the automobile, he developed and manufactured the first

automobile that many middle class Americans could afford to buy. His introduction of the Model T

automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry.

As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world.

He is credited with “Fordism” mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers.

Ranging from cars and trucks to SUVs, Ford has remained on the cutting edge of production vehicle

technology for more than a century. Ford Motor Company is the largest family owned business in the world.


“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”


JOHN STITH PEMBERTON; (8 July 1831 – 16 August 1888) was a pharmacist, who created the original

Coca Cola formula in 1885 – the most popular soft drink on earth. The drink was first sold to the public at

the soda fountain in Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta on May 8, 1886. During the company’s early years, the

Coca-Cola formula was altered several times.

Today, products of the Coca Cola Company are consumed at the rate of more than one billion drinks per

day. The iconic American brand is recognized instantly around the globe and sold in more than 200

countries. Pemberton is remembered for his invention of the drink as well as for his contributions to medical

reform and chemistry.


“Without a Coca-Cola life is unthinkable”

– Henry Miller (American writer)


ALEXANDRE GUSTAVE EIFFEL; (15 December 1832 – 27 December 1923) was a French engineer who

designed and oversaw construction of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. Gustave Eiffel began to specialize in

constructing with metal after college, and his early work focused chiefly on bridges.

In 1879, the chief engineer on the Statue of Liberty died, and Eiffel was hired to replace him, going on to

design the metallic skeleton of the structure – the structure that would cement his name in history. An iron

lattice tower is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the

most-visited paid monument in the world.


“I ought to be jealous of the tower. It is more famous than I am.”


(3 April 1876 – 12 July 1932) was an entrepreneur, founder of Bata Shoes company – one of the world’s

biggest multinational retailers. With modern production and long distance retailing, Baťa modernized the

shoemaking industry and the company surged ahead in production and profits right from its nascent years.

In its history the Bata has sold more than 14 billion pairs of shoes and was awarded the Guinness World

Record as the “Largest Shoe Retailer and Manufacturer”. It is credited with being the world’s largest

manufacturer and retailer of footwear, selling about 140 million pairs a year.


“ Our success is built on our legacy of values and beliefs ”

– Thomas G. Bata, Chairman and Grandson of Founder


(3 March 1847 – 2 August 1922) was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator

who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. With the wealth derived from the telephone, Bell

was able to assist the careers of other scientists.

Bell was granted the first official patent for his telephone in March 1876, though he would later face years of

legal challenges to his claim that he was its sole inventor, resulting in one of history’s longest patent battles.

Bell continued his scientific work for the rest of his life, and used his success and wealth to establish

various research centers nationwide.


“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

– Alexander Graham Bell


(10 October 1943 – 14 March 1910) was a founder of M. Kempinski & Co. Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s

oldest luxury hotel group with a history of more than 110 years. Since Berthold Kempinski and his wife

Helena had no male children, they invited their son-in-law Richard Unger to join the business. He made a

considerable contribution to the success and development of the firm, very soon took over its running,

Berthold Kempinski transferred the firm to him on condition that he kept the name Kempinski.

Kempinski Hotels currently operates a total of 75 five-star hotels in 30 countries. This range is continually

extended by the addition of new hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, without losing sight of

Kempinski’s claim to exclusivity and individuality, thus demonstrating the group’s capacity for expansion.


“Thank you Hotel Kempinski for the most wonderful stay! From beginning to end it was pure pleasure – a real

home away from home. Hope to do it again someday.”

– Rachel McAdams, actress, 2012


(4 November 1916 – 27 April 2002) was an American businesswoman and inventor. She served as the

president of the toy manufacturer Mattel Inc., and is remembered for her role in marketing the Barbie doll – a

fashion doll launched in March 1959. The doll was named Barbie after the Handlers’ daughter, Barbara.

Barbie was one of the first toys to have a marketing strategy based extensively on television advertising,

which has been copied widely by other toys. It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold

worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie dolls are sold every second.


“We didn’t know how to run a business, but we had dreams and talent.”

– Ruth Handler


MARIE SKLODOWSKA CURIE; (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French

physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win

a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple

sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes.

She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first

woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.


“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. “

– Marie Curie


NIKOLA TESLA; (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer,

mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the

modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Born and raised in the Austrian Empire, Tesla immigrated to the United States in 1884, where he would

become a naturalized citizen. With the help of partners to finance and market his ideas, Tesla set up

laboratories and companies in New York to develop a range of electrical and mechanical devices. His

alternating current (AC) induction motor and related polyphase AC patents, earned him a considerable

amount of money. Attempting to develop inventions he could patent and market, Tesla conducted a range

of experiments with mechanical oscillators/generators, electrical discharge tubes, and early X-ray imaging.

He also built a wireless-controlled boat, one of the first ever exhibited. Tesla became well known as an

inventor and would demonstrate his achievements to celebrities and wealthy patrons at his lab, and was

noted for his showmanship at public lectures.


“In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization.”

“The harness of waterfalls is the most economical method known for drawing energy from the sun.”

– Nikola Tesla


KARL FRIEDRICH BENZ (25 November 1844 – 2 April 1929) was a German engine designer and automobile

engineer. His Benz Patent Motorcar from 1885 is considered the first practical motorcar.

It was the first automobile entirely designed as such to generate its own power, not simply a motorized

stage coach or horse carriage, which is why Karl Benz was granted his patent and is regarded as its

inventor. Benz began to sell the vehicle (advertising it as the Benz Patent Motorwagen) in the late summer

of 1888, making it the first commercially available automobile in history.


Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.

– Karl Benz


LEONARDO DI SER PIERO DA VINCI (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or

simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting,

architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany,

writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and

architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the

inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal.

Born in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter

Andrea del Verrocchio. Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona

Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious

painting of all time. Leonardo’s drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being

reproduced on items as varied as the euro coin, textbooks, and T-shirts. Perhaps fifteen of his paintings

have survived.

Leonardo is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualised flying machines, a type of armoured

fighting vehicle, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, and the double hull. A number of Leonardo’s

most practical inventions are nowadays displayed as working models at the Museum of Vinci. He made

substantial discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, geology, optics, and hydrodynamics, but he did not

publish his findings and they had no direct influence on later science.

Today, Leonardo is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

– Leonardo Da Vinci

Our guests from the Netherlands

1. No place like home
Late fifties. This American housewife is living the American dream. Or is she?
She baked a cake with her favorite cooking show on the TV. But are things really that wonderful? It makes you realize that there is no place like home.

2. Fairy tale
This beautiful fairy has flown out of a fairy tale. She swings lightly letting the breeze play with her wings.

3. Atargatis (mermaid)

Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings.

4. Pizza Pronto
A big Pizza order came in. The delivery boy is searching for the person who ordered it.
The Pizza Quattro Stagioni. Was it you?

5. Greek statue
This is a beautiful classic statue of a Greek goddess. The way you see them in Rome.
She has disappeared from the Trevi fountain to come to Masca Theater this summer.

6. Miss McSnack
It is a cute and fat neanderthal girl (ape-human) sitting on a big pile of snack rubbish.

7. The weeping Madonna
There are a lot of stories around the world about statues of Maria, mother of Jesus, crying.
People believe in miracles. It gives them hope. This statue can actually cry when she is feeling sad. Do you believe in miracles?

8. Pallas Athena

Pallas Athena was the Olympian goddess of wisdom and good counsel, war, the defence of towns, heroic endeavour, weaving, pottery and various other crafts.

9. The Quaker
This Medieval dentist can help you with your tooth problem. Come and have a seat.
It will be over in no time!

10. Marilyn Monroe
Sexy American pin up girl in the sixties. She was the alleged mistress of Kennedy and famous for her singing on his birthday.

Tue, May 30: 20.00 – Cesianu-Filipescu House: The Night of the Living Statues

Wed-Thu, May 31 – June 1: 18.00-22.00: Humulești Park (Ferentari Neighborhood)

Fri-Sat, June 2 – June 3: 18.00-22.00: Crângași Park

Sun-Mon, June 4 – June 5: 18.00-22.00: Herăstrău Park (Roata Mare)

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