Written and Directed by Blanka Zizka
March 22, 2017April 22, 2017

Portrait of Oana Botez - from Portraits of People on the Move

Explore the Lobby Exhibit of Adapt! through the story of Costume Designer Oana Botez


“I was suffocating in a country that felt it has no future.”

Oana Botez is a costume and set designer from Bucharest, Romania.
She is the costume designer of
Photo by Maria Baranova.

I was suffocating in a country that felt it has no future. The toxicity of a totalitarian system that took over so many generations and penetrated to a level that felt like generations had to pass by in order for Romanian people to find a new personal independent democratic voice. A voice that was inclusive to all the ethnic groups, where it will protect gender equality, a non-corrupt voice that will respect basic human rights.

What do I remember from the day I left? Leaving behind my family.

I flew into New York. It wasn’t my first visit. I always loved the dynamism of New York and the fact you can get lost in a world of a variety of humans coming from everywhere. The life force of New York is unique.

A Dream Play by August Strindberg, adapted and directed by Daniel Kramer.
Set and costume design by Oana Botez, at Farkas Hall, Harvard University.


Portraits of People on the Move tells the stories of Philadelphia-area immigrants through their own words on the blog and was first shown as an exhibition June 25–28, 2015, at the Gray Area of Crane Arts in Philadelphia. The exhibition was created as a companion work to Supper, People on the Move by Cardell Dance Theater, a dance inspired by themes of migration. The exhibit has been remounted at The Wilma Theater as a part of the world premiere of Adapt!


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