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28 Dec 2016 Director Ion Caramitru Launches a New Challenge in the Theatre
Director Ion Caramitru Launches a New Challenge in the Theatre "Arena": Old Clown Wanted!

On Sunday, 8 January 2017, 7.30 p.m., the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre announces the official premiere of the show Old Clown Wanted by Matei Vişniec, directed and conceived for the stage by Ion Caramitru. The premiere shall take place in the presence of the author, on the same day Matei Vişniec being also invited at the National Theatre Conferences. On this occasion, as of 11.00, in the welcoming atmosphere of the Small Hall, the well-known Romanian writer, who has been for many years a familiar voice in the French cultural area, shall talk to us about the Festival d’Avignon, the world capital of the theatre.   „Old Clown Wanted is a play which has followed me like a lucky star since the moment I crossed Europe from East to West, when I passed from one cultural area to another, from one language to another, searching for a new identity. I wrote this play around 1986, when I was already tired of the literature with a „key”, even of the „resistance through culture”. He wrote it with Fellini’s clowns in mind, aiming at going from the world of metaphors and innuendos – so used at that time – to a realistic story, inspired by a world equally sad, where the star, no matter how lucky, fades much too soon, leaving memories behind, as a main resource for survival. Elected in 1991 the best play of the year, at the UNITER contest, Old Clown Wanted became one of the most performed contemporary plays, not only on our stages. „This play was a lucky charm for me – recounts the author. After I translated it into French, it immediately found an echo in France and many other countries, it was one of my great hits in Avignon, but also in Germany, Italy, United States, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Poland…”. The current enactment from the National Theatre of Bucharest brings into the spotlight a new vision on the text, in a variable geometry – the one of the Studio Hall, especially appealing from this point of view, where you can admire at leisure the talent of the three young performers, Petre Ancuţa, Emilian Mârnea and Florin Călbăjos – cast in a highly appreciated hypostasis in the world of circus, that of a musical clown. Three of the youngest actors of the NTB troupe interpret the roles of the three old clowns. An extraordinary challenge for an early career! Graduates, in 2011, of the Theatre Faculty of Cluj, from the class of renowned professor Miklos Bacs, the three actors-musicians have already performed with great success on the NTB stages in the shows ActOrchestra (directed by Horia Suru), Magic National, as well as in the theatrical duo Caramitru – Mălăele…, both directed by Ion Caramitru. With Old Clown Wanted, the theatre and circus can be regarded for the first time jointly in the rediscovered „arena” of the Studio Hall, in a tragicomic story, with grey-haired young men and old ones exiting the stage younger than they entered it, with dwarves and giants and circus dogs, juggling, acting-magic-craft, revelations after revelations, but especially with sonorities capable of taming the frost of some harsh winter evenings. „I enjoy being challenged and I have challenged myself to lead this artistic adventure, joined by these very gifted young actors”, confesses Ion Caramitru, inviting you to be their accomplices in a tremendous experience, a game of life and death in which nothing is what it seems to be, animated by fantastic creatures, colossal memories and high-risk acrobatics of the soul. Preview shows: 28, 29 December 2016 and 7 January 2017, 7.30 p.m., at the Studio Hall.                                      Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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08 Dec 2016 Event at NTB: the Andy Warhol Exhibition and Slovakia
Event at NTB: the Andy Warhol Exhibition and Slovakia

Visiting schedule in the time frame 9 January – 23 February 2017 Daily between 14.00 – 19.30, except for monday   The access to the Rotunda foyer of the Small Hall is possible from the entrance towards the Carol Blvd. of the National Theatre building, from the alley ascending from the boulevard. Starting with 8th December 2016, at the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest, the exhibition Andy Warhol and Slovakia shall be open to the public – event with an rich cultural resonance marking the end of the Slovak rotary presidency at the Council of the EU (July-December 2016). For over 2 months, for the first time in Romania, 85 works of different styles (drawings, prints, facsimile on canvas, photographs, and documents) shall be exhibited, as well as a few personal objects of the famous American artist with Slovak origins. The exhibits stem from the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art of Medzilaborce, Slovakia, the first of this kind in the world and to this day, unique in Europe. The main initiators of the museum, founded in 1991, were John Warhol (Vice-President of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts of New York), Dr. Michal Bycko, PhD , curator of the Bucharest exhibition and Michal Cihlář. The museum performs presentation activities, scientific research and exhibitions in the field of contemporary art, the main attractions being the Andy Warhol Exhibition - including Campbell soup cans, parts of the portfolios Ladies and Gentlemen (1975), Electric Chairs (1971), Lillian Carter (1977), Kimiko (1981), as well as works acquired from private collectors; The Exhibition on the Origins of Andy Warhol; the Paul and James Warhol Exhibition. Descendant of a poor family of Slovak immigrants from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (parents Ondrej and Julia Warhola, born in Medzilaborce, Slovakia), Andy Warhol studies at Carnegie Mellon University from Pittsburgh, and moves afterwards to New York, where his creativity fully unfolds. Andy Warhol has imposed a revolutionary approach to all artistic genres he practiced - painting, sculpture, photography, music, film, fashion, literature. He attempted, in a way, to synchronise art with modern times, becoming the emblem of a new artistic genre – pop art. Charismatic magnet of the New York bohemian society, accepted in the fanciest high society circles, Andy Warhol has consecrated through his status of popular idol a new kind of fame and celebrity for a visual artist. The idea of touring this exhibition to Bucharest is by courtesy of the current Slovak Ambassador to Bucharest, His Excellency Mr. Jan Gabor, who recounts: ”20 years ago, during my at the Slovak Embassy in the USA, when I visited the Andy Warhol Museum from Pittsburgh – the largest American art museum dedicated to a single artist – I told myself that it would be nice to promote the knowledge about the Slovak roots of the King of Pop Art. Ten years ago, when Slovakia became an EU member during the rotary presidency of Ireland at the EU Council, I succeeded in bringing Andy Warhol to Dublin. And these days I am very happy to have the privilege to enjoy thisexhibition, inside the cultural sanctuary of Romania – country so close to us, Slovaks.” The exhibition is open to public viewing from 8th December 2016 to 23rd February 2017, daily between 14-18, except for Mondays, in the Rotunda of the NTB Small Hall, with access from the Carol Blvd.   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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