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20 May 2016 The Turbulent Balkan World Back on the NTB Stage, with
The Turbulent Balkan World Back on the NTB Stage, with "Medea, My Mother"

One of the most innovative contemporary theatrical centres, dedicated to the research and exploration of complex ways of scenic expression, the Sfumato Theatre Laboratory of Sofia, Bulgaria, managed by Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobcev, has presented within the framework of the NETA International Festival, in the fall of 2015, under the "umbrella" and organisation of the National Theatre of Bucharest, a stimulating contemporary outcry of the ancient myth, Medea, My Mother, by Ivan Dobcev, considered as one of the most interesting shows of the Festival. Directly inspired from the acute problems of the contemporary Balkans, the text, enacted by the same two directors – Ivan Dobcev and Margarita Mladenova, returns now to the National Theatre of Bucharest in a stage version performed this time by young Romanian actors. Polyphonic at all levels – of the story, of language, visual, musical, the challenging show Medea, My Mother, starting from a material of the type coverage -documentary, focuses on the painful history of three women. Dramatic game of abandonment and child trafficking, Medea, My Mother is a warning regarding the dangers of contemporary world, the loss of the sacred status of maternity, the dehumanisation and reduction of life to mere survival. Two types of civilisations collide, that of Western Europe with the vital, primitive, seductive, cruel, guilty and at the same time naïve world of the Balkans. The show of the renowned Bulgarian directors from Sfumato shall impress you through the gravity of facts, the depth of investigation, through the monologues requiring utmost acting prowess, through the ingenious scenography, signed by Ivan Dobcev himself, but also through the excellent musical moments, vibrating with rhythm and colour (composer Assen Avramov). In the cast: Alin Potop, Ionuţ Toader, Florentina Ţilea, Aylin Cadîr, Ilona Brezoianu, Mădălin Mandin, George Piştereanu, Ionuţ Niculae şi Bianca Drăgoi (violin), Emilian Ciobanu (accordion), led with a firm hand by the two Bulgarian directors. We invite you not to miss the new show of the National Theatre of Bucharest, for all these virtues and not last, for the fact that these stories could have happened in Romania; if they are not already happening…                                              First performances: 20, 21, 22, 25 and 26 May 2016, 8.00 p.m., in the NTB Painting Hall. Premiere for the press: 22 May 2016, 8.00 p.m.

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03 May 2016 Project Contest. 9G at NTB – 3rd Edition
Project Contest. 9G at NTB – 3rd Edition

The “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest, through the “Ion Sava” Centre for Theatre Research and Creation, is launching the third edition of the 9G programme at NTB, dedicated to young playwrights, graduates of relevant faculties, aged 35 or under, who are not employed in theatre institutions. The programme has been launched in January 2014, while 11 projects have been selected to date, 9 of which are included in the 9G Season at NTB. 9G at NTB takes place in the Small Hall, space exclusively intended for young artists. 9G at NTB. Procedure: - The “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest provides the premises for the preparation of the show, in the Small Hall or one of the rehearsal halls of the theatre, for a period of three weeks (of which one week on the stage of the Small Hall). Depending on the theatre’s rehearsal schedule and the availability of halls (rehearsal halls, foyers etc.) or the complexity of the proposed project, the time necessary for the preparation of the show can be prolonged by an extra week. - NTB provides the technical facilities of the Small Hall, the costume stock, the scenery stock, the props, the theatre’s workshops, without making any additional investment in connection with the production of the show. - The shows resulting from the selected projects shall have 3 free representations, with free entrance, without payment of copyright or related fees. - Following the performances with audience, and with the consent of the NTB artistic board, the show can be included in a season (with the possibility of contract prolongation) in the repertoire of the Small Hall, in the 9G Season at NTB, requiring minimal investments in production and payment of copyright, according to the recipe of the representation and payment collection. Terms of participation in the project pre-selection: - The team proposing the project must consist of independent artists, graduates of relevant faculties, aged 35 or under. - There is no type of requirement or restriction related to the enlisted texts (classical and contemporary dramaturgy) or with the kind of proposed aesthetics, but the show concept focused on the art of the actor represents an advantage. - Projects shall be sent per e-mail to the address: 9glatnb2016@gmail.com. They shall comprise (according to the attached form): the directing concept of the show (maximum 2 pages), the drama text, the cast, and the CVs of the team members. (Links with recordings of previous shows of the team members may be added or recorded performances can be sent as transfers). Furthermore, the technical requirements of the project shall be listed in detail. - The space of the Small Hall shall be used according to the attached outline (Italian stage). Projects shall be enlisted in the timeframe 3 – 29 May 2016, whereas by the end of May the shortlisted titles and the teams shall be announced. Following a discussion with the teams, the projects shall be selected which shall go into rehearsals in the season 2016/2017.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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05 Apr 2016 Virtual Tour of a Unique Project
Virtual Tour of a Unique Project

  Starting with the month of April 2016, on the website of the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre, a totally exceptional virtual tour can be accessed, in the form of an interactive documentary film, consisting of 310 panoramas, enabling the navigation of the NTB building, inside and outside, before, during and at the end of the restyling works of the theatre building. The material published on the website further includes the virtual presentation of the sceneries of six performances from the NTB production of the last years: Scourge, The Avalanche, Master Leonida Facing the Reactionaries, Lottery Tickets, The Cherry Orchard, The Visit. The time frame for the creation of the 310 published panoramas (accomplished in the period 2010-2016) has been estimated to over 1500 hours and approximately 30.000 separate photographs have been used. The high-resolution images enable the study of the spaces in detail and from a bird’s eye view, presenting the users even areas inaccessible to the audience (workshops, dressing rooms, the costume stock, the off-stage area etc). The application is accompanied by a brief ”visualisation guideline” in Romanian and English. Not lastly, the publishing of this complex virtual tour also aims at promoting the « new » National Theatre as an institution open to a new audience, interested in theatre, but also in the latest technologies. The material used for the creation of the virtual tour is part of an extensive documentary archive compiled over 7 years, in the time frame 2008-2016. Completed at the end of 2015 (except for some photographs taken in 2016), the archive comprises video and photo materials, panorama images, architecture layouts, interviews and media coverage, following the National Theatre evolution and of its former and current employees throughout the entire duration of the building site for the building restyling. Through the spatial and temporal deployment, the archive has been first and foremost gathered as a study material on the topic of the architecture project, of the habitation of areas and the place occupied by NTB in the public space, aimed at both the audience and theatre professionals or those wishing to pursue a training in this field. The project has been entirely produced, in his capacity as author, by Mihai Bodea-Tatulea, graduate of the National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, who even from the launch of his initiative, had the theatre’s consent to film and shoot all key moments in connection with the evolution of the institution. The entire documentary archive is subject to a potential publishing, and the author is seeking financial aid for supporting this effort. The National Theatre encourages the affiliation of other people, institutions or companies for supporting the project continuation.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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