Ada Kaleh Mon Amour




The Anton Pann ensemble brings back to life the story of the mysterious Ada Kaleh on the stage of the Bucharest National Opera


From the history of the place, to the memories of the community: a fascinating story in sounds, images and memories with musicians and inhabitants of the island in a unique project on September 23, from 19:00, at the Bucharest National Opera.

Association for Culture and Tradition Anton Pann, under the patronage Turkish Embassy in Bucharest, in partnership with Bucharest National Opera, launch Ada Kaleh Mon Amour - a complex cultural project aimed at bringing back to life through music, stories and images the memory of the disappeared island of the Danube - Ada Kaleh. All the actions included in the project are designed with a high degree of interactivity, so that the memories of the island come alive and the public rediscovers how life was carried out on Ada Kaleh, what secrets it hid in the four tunnels, how the children had fun or how love stories were born here.

The Ada Kaleh Mon Amour project started in 2014, when members of the Anton Pann Ensemble and the Association of the same name got in touch with islanders who shared their memories of the place that remained in their souls as "home". These recovered life stories were the ferment of the desire to bring back to the consciousness of the Romanian public the history of this very special island and the flavor of the Orient "from our home". To create this project, the Anton Pann team collaborated with the "Dimitrie Gusti" National Village Museum, the "Constantin Brăiloiu" Institute of Ethnography and Folklore of the Romanian Academy, thorough research was done in the National Archives and memories were recovered through long hours of dialogue with the last islanders.

Thus, the project Ada Kaleh Mon Amour gets to explore through music the fertile and colorful sonorities of this rich and fascinating vanished oriental space. From the fragments of memory recovered, the story of the mysterious island of Ada Kaleh is reborn, whose uniqueness has fascinated writers and filmmakers alike over time, constituting the perfect theme for an exotic immersion in a vanished world. Through music, video projections, exhibition and reminiscences, the audience will embark on a wonderful imaginary journey to the spectacular vanished island of Ada Kaleh.

In Ada Kaleh Mon Amour, the public comes into direct contact with the atmosphere of the island through a unique show performed by the Anton Pann Chamber Ensemble of Early Music and his guests, a show that will contain a selection of songs that were played on Ada Kaleh. It is music full of color and fragrance, through which the musicians will recreate the atmosphere on the island, and their guests will bring a different emotion by recalling the moments lived on the island full of mysteries.

Under the coordination of Constantin Răileanu (conductor and orchestrator, voice, percussion, daire, kanun), the musicians Sabin Penea (violin), Alexandru Stoica (oud), Andrei Nițescu (cello), Ghassan Bouz (bendir, darbuka, riq) will facilitate our acquaintance with the beautiful Ada Kaleh. They are joined by special guest Mehtap Demir (vocals). The mystery of the story will be completed by the video projections prepared by Oana Răileanu, the presentation of Mr. Claudiu Turcitu and the reminiscences of the islanders Pervin Halimoğlu, Turhan Semși.

The Ada Kaleh Mon Amour project is a production of the Anton Pann Association for Culture and Tradition under the patronage of the Turkish Embassy in Bucharest, co-produced by the "Dimitrie Gusti" National Village Museum. The project partners are the National Archives, the Center for Turkish Studies at the University of Bucharest, the Turkish Democratic Union, the Portile de Iron Region Museum, Mehedinți County Council, IN Roman Constanța County Library, the Turkish Consulate, the Bucharest National Opera, Radio Romania, Radio Romania Cultural, the City Hall Drobeta-Turnu Severin, COMPUTERLAND, TIAD, Turkish Airlines, Kanal D, Prodal 94. Banca Transilvania. The project is co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN).