In three days the grass will grow…

  • Performance
  • Visual installation
  • CNDB Itinerant

75 min




Spațiul de Artă Contemporană / SAC (Malmaison Studios, Calea Plevnei 137C, 2nd floor)



What is left when apparently there is nothing left? 

The 19th century archaeological excavations in Pompeii revealed voids formed by the decomposition of organic matter beneath layers of calcified ash. Once filled with plaster, a series of casts took shape – ‘stone bodies’ trapped as in an eternal sleep. Following the programmatic destruction of Uranus Hill in Bucharest in the 1980s, almost nothing tangible remained, but a few physical fragments. Yet, a vivid community keeps the memory of the erased districts alive.

What is the potential of somatic and affective explorations to generate new relations to a traumatic historical past? 

In three days the grass will grow… oscillates between oblivion and remembering, erasure and recovery. Past spaces, objects and stories are brought into the present. Their reconfiguration generates new experiences that become in turn archival sources.

Concept: Ioana Marinescu
Performance: Smaranda Găbudeanu, Iulia Mărăcine, Katia Pascariu, Andreea David
Special Guest: Aurelia Anton
Film: Laurențiu Calciu
Video and sound editing: Cristian Văraru
Costumes: Doina Apreotesei
Production: Ana Turoș

Co-produced by
PETEC & SAC @Malmaison, co-funded by AFCN, with the support of CNDB.
The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

Part of ‘Past Present. The Archive and the Body’, originally presented by PETEC (Association for Theatre and Books) at /[email protected] in November 2022. The project is based on the research of Ioana Marinescu (visual artist and architect) who brings to light the phenomenon of repressed, disappeared histories and forced displacement of communities in their attempt to reconcile with a problematic past.

Uranus Neighbourhood, CESI (Center of Excellence in Image Studies), RRC, Igloo;

Special thanks
Pompeii Archaeological Park

PETEC is an interdisciplinary platform for production, research and education in contemporary performing arts.
Spațiul de Artă Contemporană / SAC is a private independent initiative, a resource context dedicated to the current needs of the producer and the public to establish a direct and formative dialogue through exhibition, research and promotion.






In three days the grass will grow...

Concept: Ioana Marinescu
Performance presented at Spațiul de Artă Contemporană / SAC

In three days the grass will grow...
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