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The Romanian Theatre Tour to Bucharest, Iasi and Kishinev

20 January 2017

The Romanian Theatre Tour, engaging the National Theatres of Bucharest and Kishinev continues. On 20, 21, 22 January 2017, on the stage of the Studio Hall, the “Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre of Kishinev presents in Bucharest three successful shows, three recent productions of the theatre. A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau, directed by Petru Hadârcă is a juicy comedy about anonyms, impostors, jealousy and hilarious fires of hurt love. A show not leaving you time to think, but only a Pantagruelian appetite for laughter! The Big House by Ion Druță, directed by Alexandru Cozu, is a … more special and very delicate house. The Big Housesymbolizes that corner of the soul where man treasures what he has most pure and noble.With a profoundly poetic load, Ion Druță’s masterpiece, The Big House, represents at the same time an emblem of bliss and despair, blended in a beautiful love story. In Your Charming Eyes, after Gib Mihăescu, directed by Alexandru Vasilache is the most recent premiere, which took place before Christmas and talking to us about the obsessive eroticism animating Gib Mihăiescu’s oeuvre, about the contrast between sensual and spiritual, rendered on tango and romance rhythms. We shall be tempted with artistic prowess to encounter the embodiment of the feminine mystery, the "Russian woman" from books or only dreams. Everyone hides in his heart the unreal woman, the one perpetually scented in all creatures encountered on the path of life, suggest the producers. We invite you not to miss these hits of the National Theatre of Kishinev!          The True History of the Kishinev National Theatre, in Two Volumes, To Be Launched Within the Tour Bucharest-Iași-Kishinev 2017 The „Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre (TNME) of Kishinev is a cultural creation accomplished following the act of Union from 1918. Two volumes dedicated to the foundation and history of this Theatre – The Genesis of the National Theatre of Kishinev: 1818–1960 by Iurie Colesnic and A Chronicle of the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre of Kishinev: 1918–1930 supervised by actor and director Petru Hadârcă, managing director of the „Mihai Eminescu” National Theatre, Artist of the People, laureate of the National Prize shall be launched in Bucharest and Iași, within the fourth edition of the already traditional tour, Romanian Theatre in Bucharest, Iași and Kishinev. These are two fundamental volumes, monument-editions, spectacular books featuring glorious names of Romanian theatre from all times: Aurel I. Maican, Costache Antoniu, Octavian Goga, George Topârceanu, Emil Botta, Ioan Livescu, Nichifor Crainic, Theodor Kiriacoff. Director and actor Petru Hadârcă, Artist of the People, managing director of TNME, mentions that, in his intention to gather materials for a future museum of the National Theatre of Kishinev, he arrived at the National Archives of Romania and the Museum of the Ion Luca Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, discovering countless documents confirming and illustrating the efforts of creating and maintaining a high-quality Romanian stage in Bessarabia: „While working in the archives, I discovered that the idea of creating in Kishinev a theatre supported by the Romanian state has appeared at the initiative of a group of intellectuals and politicians of the time (N. Alecsandri, Z. Arbore, S. Niţă, Pan Halippa, Ştefan Ciobanu), supported by the verve and actions of several prestigious actors, directors, painters and writers (Constantin Mărculescu, Gheorghe Dimitriu-Mitu, Octavian Goga and Victor Eftimiu)”. According to the author of the volume, the National Theatre of Kishinev appeared in October 1921, and its first managers have been Gheorghe Dimitriu-Mitu and Constantin Mărculescu. The season was opened on 6th October of the same year with the show „Răzvan and Vidra” by B. P. Hașdeu. On this occasion, the sculptor Dumitru Paciurea has cast the bust of B.P. Hașdeu, installed in the foyer of the National Theatre of Kishinev, on 1st October 1921. And Iurie Colesnic has worked on the volume „The Genesis of the National Theatre of Kishinev: 1818–1960” for over three years: „The emergence of the Romanian theatre in Bessarabia was a belated phenomenon. Initially, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, French and German theatre troupes have halted on our territories, and only in the forties of the 19th century, the first troupe of actors from across the River Prut arrived, led by renowned Matei Millo. It was a shocking experience for the Bessarabian audience which had grown used to the thought that Romanian was not longer needed in the Russian state”, highlights Iurie Colesnic. The two volumes were published in a print-run of 500 copies within the national book printing programme, supported by the Ministry of Culture.                                                   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Alexandra Ușurelu Symphonic at NTB

30 January 2017

Alexandra Ușurelu returns with a new symphonic concert to the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest on 30 January 2017. Her warm voice, clean and gentle, singing with special delicacy about people and emotions, not about objects and events. This is Alexandra Ușurelu, the indie artist not looking for promotion anywhere and at any cost, who knew artistic success holding over 350 concerts in Bucharest and throughout the country 3 years ago, in front of an audience preferring to choose music and follow its favourite artists in the concert halls.        In January 2016, the press called her concert Symphonic Pure, performed to a full house in the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest: ”A concert like an embrace. A complete show, where multiple artistic languages articulate in order to round up a clear thought directed towards the public: ”Pure” is built on the coordinates of the soul. A concept-show, refined and round, thought into the smallest details in order to turn to account Alexandra’s velvet voice”. Anca Maria Pănoiu. Available now in DVD & Blu-ray format, the concert Symphonic Pure has set new standards in the show production of independent artists. On 30 January 2017, Alexandra Ușurelu shall present, alongside her orchestra on the stage of the prestigious National Theatre of Bucharest, in a spectacular scenery, 6 songs from her second album to be launched next year, but also her most successful songs on her debut album, At the End of the World, one of Romania’s best sold indie albums, rewarded as Best Album of the Year 2015 only 3 months after its launch. The tickets to the symphonic show on 30 January 2017 are available in the networks eventim.ro, iabilet.ro, bilete.ro and at the National Theatre box office; we recommend buying tickets well beforehand! Alexandra celebrated her debut in 2011 on the stage of the Odeon Theatre of Bucharest, within the Woman Matters Gala, where she caught the eye of Andreea Marin and later developed beautiful collaborations in the national tours Out of Love for Women and Treasure Life. She worked with prestigious names from the Romanian music, Mircea Vintilă (for the song Something is Happening to Us), the group Vunk (for the duet Nights are Passing (Only Dreams Remain), which became in 2013 the soundtrack of the TV series Lost Angels, produced by Media PRO Pictures), Mircea Rusu (the song Two Strangers), Walter Dionisie (The Right Price, Never Two), composer and pianist Bobby Stoica (producer of her first first album), but also from the international music, more notable the collaboration with Tongam Sirait or with Mariano Castro, the Argentine composer and pianist of the successful international group Narcotango, double nominee of the Latin Grammy Awards. At the invitation of the National Television, Alexandra represented Romania at the Turkcevizyon International Music Festival in September 2013. Her love for children determines her to launch in 2011 the charity project Gift for Children, but also to get involved as an ambassador in the humanitarian cause Europa FM – You are not alone. Besides, in 2013, 2014 and 2016, she is part of the jury for the Talent Show children contest, organised by the Olga Gudynn International School. In spring 2015, she goes on the marathon tour Around the World, in theatre halls from 24 cities, in the opening of the Vunk group, which enables her to see Romania otherwise, and impressed by the massive illegal deforestations in the country, she engages in the national forestation campaign, We Plant Good Deeds in Romania, aiming at planting 1.000.000 seedlings in a single day. For supporting the campaign, she launches the video The Fair Price. Alexandra Ușurelu is, above all, the person who loves contemplating and admiring people and the world instead of being looked at and despite that, each appearance of hers turns any concert venue into a magical place.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Beatles`n`Jazz

27 February 2017

On Monday, 27 February 2017, from 7.00 p.m., the Painting Hall of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre shall host the concert Beatles`n`Jazz. The Beatles was one of the groups whose music was the most influential for the rock era which ensued. The group consisted of John Lennon (vocal, rhythm guitar), Paul McCartney (vocal, bass guitar), George Harrison (solo guitar) and Ringo Starr (drums). Their target audiences were the young generations after the Second World War, in England, the USA etc. Beyond doubt, The Beatles is one of the most famous and successful groups from the history of rock music, counting over 1,1 billion records sold worldwide. About Beatles`n`Jazz: Adrian Nour, artist with a special voice colour, known to the public from the shows Royal Fashion, the musicals Romeo and Juliet, The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, or the participation in the famous TV show The Voice of Romania, alongside Cătălina Beta, a young talent of the new wave of jazz performers and their instrumentalist colleagues, Adrian Flautistu - bass, Ciprian Pop - guitar, Alexandru Borsan - piano, Iulian Nicolau- drums, shall be the protagonists of an exceptional jazz evening.   Tickets are available at the NTB box office and online on bilet.ro and mystage.ro   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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The Flying Cossacks from the Kalina Academic Ensemble of Ukraine Premiering at NTB on 6 March 2017!

06 March 2017

  The most beautiful traditional Ukrainian dances and songs shall enchant for the first time the Bucharest audience, on 6 March 2017 in the Grand Hall of the National Theatre! Surnamed “the Flying Cossacks”, the members of the Kalyna Academic Ensemble of Kiev bring to Bucharest spectacular choreographies and folk “gems” in a wonderful epic of love and war! The artists impress the spectators through mastery and authenticity and transpose themselves in times immemorial, when mighty lads were crossing the Ukrainian forests motivated by the thirst for justice, but also by the longing for the beloved girl. True symbol of Ukrainian culture, the ensemble consisting of choir, ballet and orchestra gathers in the current formula 47 members staging authentic folk musicals. Founded in 1981, the Kalyna Academic Ensemble has been circulating for 35 years local folklore around the world. The shows of the Cossacks are compared to musical tableaus, in which special choreographic moments are intertwined with the mastery of interpretation. The show also features traditional instruments and Ukrainian folk costumes, of a rare beauty. The Flying Cossacks from the Kalyna Ensemble have won over time may national and international contests and have represented Ukrainian folk art at cultural festivals in Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, China, Korea, Indonesia, Chile, Egypt, Israel, Italy and many other countries. Currently, the flying Cossacks from the Kalyna Academic Ensemble perform under the leadership of artistic director Gennadii Andriushchenko – Emeritus Artist of Ukraine. Throughout the 35 years of activity, the position as artistic director of the Ensemble has been filled by Valery Plump, Victor Lysyuk, Anatoliy Dubina, Grigori Voronov, Serghei Dudko, Tatiana Kumanovska, Andrew Veres, Valentyn Kozachenko.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu

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