The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York
Matéi Visniec was born in Suceava, Romania in 1956. Visniec studied philosophy at Bucharest University and became an active member of the so-called Eighties Generation, who left a clear stamp on the Romanian literature. Before 1987 Matéi Visniec had made a name for himself in Romania by his clear, lucid, bitter poetry. He began writing drama in 1977; his plays were much circulated in literary milieus but were barred from the stage. In September 1987, Visniec left Romania for France, where he was granted political asylum and started writing in French. Visniec has had many of his works staged in France, and published some twenty of his French-language plays. His plays have been staged in more than 20 countries. After the fall of Communism, Matéi Visniec has become one of Romania’s most frequently performed authors.
The work of Matéi Visniec has been presented in London by the performance “The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian War”, staged at the Young Vic Theatre, in November 2000. The play received rave reviews in the British newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian. “The Story of the Panda Bears told by a Saxophonist who has a Girlfriend in Frankfurt” was performed at the Edinburgh Festival (August 2005) by Rouge28 Theatre.
Visniec’s work has been staged in the Unites States in New York, Chicago, New Jersey and Hollywood.