December, the Month of New Shows at NTB!

19 November 2018
With The Forest of the Hanged, Radu Afrim Extracts History from the Museum! 15 December 2018
A powerful and modern text, revealed otherwise by a director who does not shy away from challenges: The Forest of the Hanged, after Liviu Rebreanu's novel, in the vision of Radu Afrim, is ready for the first encounter with the audience, on Saturday, December 15th, 2018, on the grand stage of the National Theatre of Bucharest. Radu Afrim's show after The Forest of the Hanged by Liviu Rebreanu, uncovers a tremendous poetry of a powerful and modern text and aims at addressing first of all young people of nowadays. Reinterpreting in his own key a major work of Romanian literature, the director transposes it into his imaginative universe, so specific, he uncovers new meanings, starting from the premise that Rebreanu's novel is not a war novel, but a psychological one. „I do not wish to enact Rebreanu's book, I want to question a little what happened to us in these one hundred years and where we stand ... It might be ambitious, risky, kitsch, wrong, but I wish to face those soldiers who fought for something then, although many did not know what they were fighting for, with young people of nowadays, with dialogues and questions… What did you do in 100 years, who were we at your age, what have we done… It seems to me that we are talking too much about our recent history as something of a museum. I want to extract these soldiers from the museum, and this book, and see if there is a dialogue between nowaday’s people and those of yore. It is actually a Centenary commission, Caramitru suggested me to make The Forest of the Hanged, and Caramitru has a good hand, he suggested I should also do Scourge... It is the only time a theatre manager tells me what to do and it helps me ... But far from me this exaggerated festive feeling around the Centenary ... " explained in a recent meeting with the press, director Radu Afrim. Far from any form of nationalism, the show provokes a lucid reflection on the state of the nation, a clear confrontation with our historical past, a dialogue between the voice of the present and the voice of history. A deaf, whispered or blunt, insinuating or reverberating voice through which the events of a world torn by massacres spell their true name in time, a voice that bears the specific tonality and intonation of director Radu Afrim. Using the entire surface of the huge stage of the Great Hall, stage designer Cosmin Florea and his team create an acting space of a rare spectacularity, in line with the directorial vision. The following actors give a soul to the novel, but also to Afrim’s universe: Alexandru Potocean (in the role of Apostol Bologa), Marius Manole, Richard Bovnoczki, Ciprian Nicula, Raluca Aprodu, Istvan Teglas, Vitalie Bichir, Natalia Calin, Ada Galeş, Florin Alexandru Sălceanu, Emilian Mernea, Liviu Popa, Cristian Bota, Alexandru Chindris, Octavian Voina, Andrei Atabay, Vlad Galer, Flavia Giurgiu, Cosmin Ilie, George Olar, Ciprian Valea, Tiberiu Enache, Silviu Mircescu, Bogdan Iacob, Vlad Ionuţ Popescu, and Lenutza Purja, Teodora Purja, two popular folk song performers. The choreography is signed by Andrea Gavriliu. Video mapping: Andrei Cozlac. The Forest of the Hanged is a comprehensive, profound, restless enactment, signed by a special artist, whose talent has long exceeded the country borders, and who is said to have no grandiloquence or other attributes of origin, simply Romanian. And the disturbing question underlying the dramatic events evoked in the show is one that, defying festive exaggerations, requires a deeper reflection: How do we, as contemporaries, relate to our countrymen 100 years ago! ... A reflection addressed to an audience of all ages. The premiere of the show will take place on Sunday, December 16th, 2018, from 7:00 p.m., in the Grand Hall. The next performance is sold out for December 19th.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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For the first time at NTB: 50 Seconds ... a condensed lifetime! 13 December 2018
Daniel Oltean, DIICOT prosecutor and theatrologist, has offered UNITER, for the Best Romanian Play of the Year 2017, and, on this occasion, the National Theatre of Bucharest, the Romanian play capable of igniting a special interest. Its title is 50 Seconds, and the premiere takes place on December 13th and 14th, 2018 at the Black Box Hall, directed by Eugen Gyemant. With a simple, nervous and piercing phrase, with a glance that looks beyond the palpable and the daily life, 50 Seconds captures the conflict of ideas, the tantrum to understand one’s own existential accidents when they occur. Two men are being examined during an investigation. One killed his mother, wants to confess and end as soon as possible, the other wants to know the truth, or the real perpetrator, or the circumstances that led to the abominable deed. The two men are studying and investigating each other, although only one has the legal right to do it. The result is unpredictable! ... The author-prosecutor is the one who investigates, with care, the turmoil of the being in front of him, then the psychologist tormented by his own questions, then the playwright who puts them into words. The answer is unexpected! Daniel Oltean, born in 1974 in Targu Mures, is a graduate of law and philosophy, drama and dramatic writing. A special author. With a unique professional path. Since 1996, he has been a DIICOT prosecutor in Targu Mures. He was playwright for “The Stone” by Marius von Mayenburg, directed by Theodor-Cristian Popescu, and for "Offline" directed by Laurentiu Blaga (2018 Targu Mures National Theatre), as well as a performance consultant (“Triple Point”, directed by Bogdan (Coordinated by Stefan Peca, directed by Ovidiu Caita, Studio Theater, Targu Mures, 2016) and co-author of the dramatic text for the show "The Mutants". The intricate game that takes place predominantly in the surprising maize of the mind is embodied by the actors: Alexandru Voicu (son), Lucian Iftime (criminal prosecutor) and Diana Dumbrava (mother). Scenography: Mara Nicola. Original Music: Alexei Turcan. Director Eugen Gyemant, at his first NTB enactment, invites you to discover yourselves in one of these characters; or, in turn, in all three ... On the stages of Bucharest theatres and across the country, starting with 2008, Gyemant has successfully enacted a number of important texts, such as Look Back in Anger by John Osborne (Best Director Award, Comedy Cares about the Youth, 2008), The Golden Calf by Ilf and Petrov, ArCuB, 2011 Bullets over Lipscani by Woody Allen, 2012 (award for best director at the International Marathon of Independent Theatre - Bucharest Fringe 2012), Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Godot Cafe Theater, 2012, The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, Theater Act, 2015 (Best Performance at the Undercloud 2016 Theatre Festival, awarded at the Martin McDonagh International Festival in Perm, Russia, as well as at the International Festival ArtOkraina in St. Petersburg), many other performances, the most recent ones being Leonce and Lena by Georg Büchner, Unteatru and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kessey, at Sfantu Gheorghe, 2018. The show 50 Seconds shall premiere on December 13th and 14th at the Black Box Hall from 8.00 p.m. The next performance is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19th, 2018.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The Award Winners of the 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres Gala 11 December 2018
High school students performed on the stage of the Odeon Theatre, in the 5 High Schools - 5 Theaters Gala, this year at its 8th edition. On Monday, December 10th, 2018, five theatre troupes from five other high schools in the capital presented their performances during the project that began in October. At the end of the Gala, a jury made up of theatre professionals nominated the winners of the 5 high schools - 5 theatres trophies. ECDL Romania, together with UNITER, the Bucharest City Hall Bucharest, the School Inspectorate and the partner theatres, the IL Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, the Small Theatre, the Ion Creangă Theatre, the Jewish State Theatre and the Nottara Theatre, with the support of the Odeon Theatre, have organised this edition of 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres. 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres is an educational project of tradition, which supports the involvement of high school students in cultural activities, their access to institutions and plays, and at the same time challenges them to a performance contest. Since October, five theatres have opened their season for 150 other pupils from five high schools in the capital, including members of school theatre troupes. They have watched free of charge plays from each of the partner theatres in the 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres project 2018: the IL Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, the Jewish State Theatre, the Ion Creanga Theatre, the Nottara Theatre and the Small Theatre. The new schools participating in this edition of 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres were: the Ioan N. Socolescu Technical College of Architecture and Public Works, Roman Iosif Roman Catholic, the Cantemir Voda College, the Emil Racovita National College, the Dinu Lipatti National College of Art. This time as well, the high school theatre troupes were coordinated by theatres in the staging of a short piece, written by Romanian authors. Their approach was finalized with the representations, judging and awarding of the five high school performances in the 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres Gala. Last night, young people had the opportunity to climb the stage of an important theatre in Romania, be applauded by a broad audience and perform in front of a jury made up of professionals, including Aura Corbeanu - UNITER vice-president, Carmen Palcu Adam - actress of the Ion Creanga Theatre, Lamia Beligan - NTB actress, Mihai Prejban - actor of the Jewish State Theatre, Cristi Iacob - actor of the Small Theatre or Ion Haiduc - actor of the Nottara Theatre.   The jury deliberated, following the assessment of the following artistic performances: the best performance was awarded to the play Sanziana and Pepelea- the National College of Arts Dinu Lipatti, the special jury award for social impact to Leapsa - the troupe of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic College, the special jury prize for scenographic ingenuity for the play Paper Airplanes - the troupe of the National College Emil Racoviţă. The awards for performance were bestowed as follows: lead female role ex aequo Ana Dumitriu, Danila Piritu, Maria Bistreanu - Cantemir Voda National College, supporting female role ex aequo - Angelina Burtea, Iselen Popa, Aurelia Trestianu, Andreea Beatrice Lazar from the National College of Arts Dinu Lipatti, Supporting Male - Andrei Hoha from the National Art College Dinu Lipatti, Roberto Uleia from the Technical College of Architecture and Public Works IN Socolescu. The best audience diploma was awarded to the guests invited by Emil Racovita National College. In turn, the audience voted for the most popular show, the play Sanziana and Pepelea - by the troupe of the National College of Arts Dinu Lipatti. Since the first edition that started in 2011 at the initiative of ECDL Romania, 1,200 students from 35 different Bucharest high schools participated in the 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres Gala. Alternative education is essential for the development of young people, who must continue to focus on true and fair values, including cultural values. ECDL initiatives promote the balanced development of young people pursuing international IT & C careers and certifications, but also understand the act of culture as a complement to the knowledge and skills accumulated in the school. You can find out more about the project 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres on or   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The Silent Parrot - Nearly True Stories about a Nearly Forgotten Spy, for the first time at TNB! 08 December 2018
One of the most renowned Romanian film directors, the multi-award-winning Nae Caranfil, three decades after his debut in cinematography, is at the end of 2018 at the brink of a bold actor: even if at the beginning of his career, theatrical performances in Bucharest and Piatra Neamt, the director is now in the first collaboration with the National Theatre, where, with a personal project, he signs both the script and the direction of one of the most delicious stories about diplomacy, politics, espionage and alcove - in a surprising comic mix. The Silent Parrot - Nearly True Stories about a Nearly Forgotten Spy, a two-act play by Nae Caranfil, is an incredible but real story, centered around one of the most enigmatic and fascinating figures of the 18th century. By his true name Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Thimothée d'Eon de Beaumont, the transvestite spy Charles d'Eon / Lia de Beaumont, historically known as the Knight d'Eon, lived half as a woman. More precisely, 33 years of his life he lived travestied as a woman and another 49 as a man, confusing the world, intriguing it, seducing it, and almost always achieving substantial personal advantages. An ambivalent being, sometimes treacherous, sometimes wild, but faithful to his King Louis XV, he became a legend as the first secret agent of French history. A show of real historical characters and deeds, rife with humour, charm, boldness, about political and amorous intrigue, held at one of the most extravagant imperial courts of the world, that of Russia, during the reign of Elisabeth I.  At Studio Hall, in Dragos Buhagiar’s baroque scenography, Nae Caranfil brings on stage a society oscillating in a perpetual and dangerous game between truth and lie. In the cast of the show: Vlad Logigan and Claudiu Bleont - starring Miruna Bilèi, Raluca Petra, Mihai Calota, Eduard Cirlan, Magda Catone, Tomi Cristin, Marius Rizea, Alexandru Georgescu, Dragos Stemate, Eduard Adam, Cosmin Dominte, Axel Moustache, Dragos Dumitru, Mihai Muntenita, Daniel Badale. An exquisite artist, whom the audience and critics have been able to admire more than once as a screenwriter and director, while specialist juries have rewarded his talent at numerous national and international festivals, Nae Caranfil is the author of movies, such as E pericoloso sporgersi, Asphalt Tango, Dolce far niente, Philanthropy, The Rest is Silence, Closer to the Moon, 6.9 on the Richter Scale, which have brought him international acclaim since his debut, constantly maintained by his subsequent achievements. The first performances are scheduled for December 8th and 9th. The next show, the last in 2018, is scheduled for December 13th. The show resumes on Thursday, January 10th, 2019. All shows start at 7.00 p.m.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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