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29 Sep 2018 Romeo and Juliet –A drop of love in an ocean of hatred
Romeo and Juliet –A drop of love in an ocean of hatred

The I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest announces the premiere of the show Romeo and Juliet, after William Shakespeare, in the dramaturgical vision and direction of Yuri Kordonski, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2018, from 7.30 p.m., in the Studio Hall. Play of striking contrasts, of poetic antagonisms and devastating conflicts, drop of love in an ocean of hatred, Romeo and Juliet invites you to meditate on the contemporary world. The tragic story of the lovers from Verona, representing two families in a battle for life and death, in a society dominated by hatred and revenge, suffocated by the violence so familiar for our times, where the difference between sexes has almost vanished in the dizzying cavalcade for dominance, proves as vivid and acute as in the time of its writing. With this new enactment, Yuri Kordonski returns to NTB after 13 years since the blockbuster Heart of a Dog after Bulgakov, having Marius Manole in the role of the stray dog Sarik, creation which propelled the latter to the top of the most gifted young actors. Meanwhile, the artistic biography of the Russian director who settled in America has added further major shows on the Romanian stages: Uncle Vanya by Chekhov (UNITER 2002 award for best director), The Marriage by Gogol, Crime and punishment after Dostoyevsky, as well as Bury Me Behind the Baseboard after Pavel Sanaev, all enacted at the Bulandra Theatre of Bucharest, rewarded with countless prizes for performance. At the UNITER Awards Gala, the show Last Day of Youth, after Tadeusz Konwicki, from the "Radu Stanca" National Theatre of Sibiu, has received in the year 2012 the Best Show Award, and in 2017, The Lower Depthsfrom the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj –Award for Best Director.Other international distinctions for his work are the Golden Light (St. Petersburg), the award of the European Theatre Union for the best enactment, as well as awards from the Romanian Ministry of Culture. Starting with 1989, he enacted theatre plays in over 20 countries worldwide, exceeding 40 enactments up to date. The show Romeo and Juliet promises a surprise both for the spectators expecting a classical enactment of the Shakespearean masterpiece, and for the ”fans” of the Russian director, who shall discover it from a completely different posture than the one known from the shows directed so far in the Bucharest theatres. The director, alongside the cast, open an excellent modern perspective on the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, leaving the life and exuberant energy of youth to find its path unhindered towards the heart of spectators of any age. The ample cast includes the actors: Marius Manole, Razvan Vasilescu, Ioan Andrei Ionescu, Costina Cheyrouze, Florentina Tilea, Lari Giorgescu, Victoria Dicu, Mihai Calota, Ada Gales, Emilian Marnea, Rodica Ionescu, Cosmina Olariu, Eduard Adam, Florin Calbajos. In the lead roles: Crina Semciuc and Ionut Toader. The scenery bears the signature of Dragos Buhagiar, the costumes were created together with Ioana Smara Popescu, and the choreography belongs to Florin Fieroiu. Show not recommended for children aged under 14. The next performances shall take place on the 10th and 11th October 2018, from 7.30 p.m., in the Studio Hall.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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03 Oct 2018 5 High Schools – 5 Theatres brings again the teenagers on stage and in the forefront
5 High Schools – 5 Theatres brings again the teenagers on stage and in the forefront

On Wednesday, 3rd October 2018, a new edition of the project dedicated to pupils, 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres, commences. At the launching event, all the participants of this year are expected – high school students and teachers from Bucharest, organizers and partner theatres. The launch is scheduled at the I.N Socolescu Technical Architecture College, as of 11:00. ECDL Romania, alongside its partners, UNITER, the Mayor’s Office of the Bucharest Municipality, the School Inspectorate of the Bucharest Municipality and the Small Theatre, the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, the Ion Creangă Theatre, the Jewish State Theatre and the NottaraTheatre, are inviting you to meet the young artists and theatre spectators. 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres is an educational project which arrived at the 8th edition, supporting the involvement of high school students in cultural activities, through their access to institutions and theatre plays, challenging them at the same time to a show contest.    The theatres are reopening their season to further 150 pupils, including members of the school theatre troupes from other 5 high schools of the capital. These shall witness free of charge plays from each of the partner theatres of the project 5 High Schools – 5 Theatres: the Small Theatre, the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, the Jewish State Theatre, the Ion Creangă Theatre and the NottaraTheatre. The new schools participating in this edition of 5 High Schools – 5 Theatres are: the Ioan N. SocolescuTechnical Architecture and Public Works College, the CantemirVodă National College, the Emil Racoviţă National College, the Dinu Lipatti National Arts College, the St. Joseph Roman-Catholic College. This time as well, the teenager troupes have been coordinated by the partner theatres in staging a short play. In the year of the Centenary, texts by Romanian playwrights shall be adapted. The project shall unfold in the time frame October-December 2018 and shall be finalised with the 5 High Schools-5 Theatres Gala, when the representations, the arbitration and the awarding of the five plays presented by the teenagers shall take place. The youngsters shall then have the opportunity of climbing on a major Bucharest stage, of performing in front of a jury of theatre professionals and be applauded by a wide audience. On Wednesday, at the launching event of 5 High Schools – 5 Theatres, we undertake to find out which are the stages of this edition and we shall draw the working groups for the brief plays. Since the very first edition which started in 2011 at the initiative of the ECDL Romania, over 1000 pupils from 30 different Bucharest high schools have taken part in this project. Alternative education plays a vital role in the development of young people, who must further be directed towards real and correct values, including cultural values. The ECDL initiatives promote the balanced development of youngsters, pursuing international careers and IT&C certifications, but also understanding the act of culture, as a completion of their knowledge and competences gained in school. You are welcome on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018, from 11:00 a.m., to the Festive Hall of the I.N. Socolescu Technical Architecture College (12 Occidentului St., Bucharest).  You can find out more information on the project 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres on www.ecdl.ro or on www.facebook.com/5licee5teatre. ECDL – European Computer Driving Licence – international standard for the certification of digital competences.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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14 Sep 2018 The National Theatre of Bucharest starts the season with all the halls included in the game
The National Theatre of Bucharest starts the season with all the halls included in the game

The 2018-2019 season is the first after the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, which opens its doors by inviting the audience to all 7 halls with a wide range of events, both theatrical, as well as from the "paratheatrical" category. The official premiere of Loose Knit by the American Theresa Rebeck, opens at the Black Box Hall the series of new enactments. Staged within the "Open Doors to Everyone" Programme, Loose Knit is "one of the smartest comedies of manners," as the New York Times called it. A play that is rife with witty, sarcastic and incredibly entertaining dialogues. A show with generous scores, where you shall encounter Irina Cojar, Costina Cheyrouze, Lamia Beligan, Bringsa Mircea, Raluca Petra, Tomi Cristin and Marius Bodochi, in a project coordinated by Ion Caramitru. The next premiere of the season, Romeo and Juliet, in the dramatic vision and direction of Yuri Kordonski, shall take place at the Studio Hall (in a configuration of the arena type) on September 29 and 30, 2018. The show promises a surprise both for spectators who expect a classical enactment of the Shakespearean masterpiece and for the "fans" of the Russian director, who shall discover him in a completely different posture than the one known in the performances so far directed in the Bucharest theatres. Romeo and Juliet are two contemporary lovers, and the show will undoubtedly be an event that all theatre lovers receptive to non-conformist artistic approaches shall appreciate. One of the most spectacular productions of NTB, The Tempest after Shakespeare, directed by Alexander Morfov, with Ion Caramitru in one of the key roles of Shakespearean Dramaturgy - Prospero - can be seen again at NTB's Grand Hall in the spectacular scenography of the Bulgarian Nikola Toromanov. And here, the stage sets are back home after crossing the 12,000-kilometers round trip, and after three performances in Beijing in front of nearly 3,000 spectators, at an International Theatre Festival organized by Beijing People's Art Theatre. In the different stages of preparation, there are two major productions: Nae Caranfil’s Mute parrot, after his own script, a seductive and thrilling text about the most important mission of an almost forgotten spy. The scenography is signed by Dragoş Buhagiar, and the premiere is announced at the Studio Hall in the beginning of this winter. The other enactment, Forest of the Hanged is a stage dramatization of Liviu Rebreanu's famous novel by Radu Afrim, and he shall bring the stage text to the Grand Hall in the scenography by Vanda Sturdza, a project whereby NTB enters the Centenary series of celebrations. At the 4th edition of the Romanian National Theatre Reunion, which takes place in the time frame 19-30 September in Kishinev, the National Theatre of Bucharest shall present on Friday, September 21, 2018, the show The Letter - after "A Lost Letter" by IL Caragiale , directed by Horaţiu Mălăele. Entering the circuit of the NTB's performance halls, the open-air Amphitheatre on the roof, inaugurated in June this year, offers audiences in early autumn and season the opportunity to enjoy a series of concerts held by well-known performers and bands, whose schedule can be found on the NTB website. The first concerts have already been held since September 8 and shall continue until the end of the month, as long as the weather forecast is on our side! The reopening of the exhibition season at NTB was marked by the opening, on September 11, 2018, of a large group exhibition where, in the Rotonda, in the foyer of the Small Hall of NTB, works were exhibited by 19 artists with the specialties of tapestry, printmaking, fashion and textile object under the generic title Textile Arts Days, Bucharest, 2nd edition, 2018. The exhibition shall remain open until October 11, 2018. We are waiting for you in the theatre halls, in the foyers with unusual exhibitions, as well as at the highest level of the building, in the Amphitheatre, at the micro-concert season of September 2018.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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