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The Sleeping Beauty

05 March 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event!   Ballet in Three Acts and a Prologue The St. Petersburg Classical Ballet Company of Andrey Batalov is created by Andrei Batalov – first soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre. Graduate from the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Russia, Andrei Batalov has been on stage for over 20 years. The choreography poses several challenges to the main dancers and soloists, but also to the ensemble. The role of Aurora - Olga Golytsia – as a choreography is among the most complex female parts, because it requires an extraordinary athletic prowess, but also a most accurate technique. The ballet Sleeping Beauty was composed by Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky from 1888-1889, immediately after the 5th Symphony and before the opera The Queen of Spades (1890). It is Tchaikovsky’s second ballet, preceded by The Swan Lake (1875-1876) and followed by The Nutcracker (1892). The idea was suggested to the Russian composer by the manager of the Imperial Theatres, I. A. Vsevolojsky, who appreciated especially his sense for the stage. Tchaikovsky received the proposal to process the fairytale by Charles Perrault enthusiastically and immediately started work. This is what Tchaikovsky wrote about “Sleeping Beauty”: The subject is so poetic, so apt for music, that it roused my passion and I have composed the ballet with that warmth and pleasure which always condition the qualities of a creation. The premiere took place on 3rd January 1890, in Petersburg. The subject is somewhat similar to Tchaikovsky’s first ballet, Swan Lake: the darkness is overcome, in the end, by the bright forces of love, friendship and purity of the soul. The spell is broken, the demonic characters defeated. The dreamy-romantic aspect remains dominant, thanks to the lyricism which Tchaikovsky knew how to instill into his characters. In The Sleeping Beauty, the optimist side of the composer’s temperament predominates. Passages like the theme of the Lilac Fairy, the theme of love between Princess Aurora and Prince Desire or the symphonic panorama between the tableaus I and II from the second act stand out, suggesting the approach of the prince, accompanied by the Fairy towards the enchanted castle. The character dances, the series of fairytale portraits at the end of the ballet, the duel of the two cats, the dance of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, the pas-de-deux of the Bluebird, of Cinderella and especially, the theme of the Carabosse Fairy are testimonials of Tchaikovsky’s flair for the stage, which earned him such a major place in the history of Russian ballet.   Music: Piotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Libretto: I. Vsevolojski and M. Petipa After the fairytale by Charles Perault Choreography: Marius Petipa Scenography: Evgenyi Gurenco Costume painter: Vera Poliudova World premiere: 3rd January 1890, at the Mariinsky Theatre of Sankt-Petersburg Monday, 5th March 2018, 8.00 p.m., NTB Grand Hall   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Ștefan Hrușcă Concert: Former Loves

12 March 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event! Ștefan Hrușcă returns to Romania this spring with a special concert: the most popular folk songs from the composer’s repertoire shall be heard live, in the event-show to be held on 12th March at the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest! If you miss „The Former Loves” or „A Tree with Flowers”, but also the ravishing „Prayer for the Parents” do not miss a concert, where you shall recapture the thrill of the evenings of yore and the charm of ageless choruses! The artistic path of Ştefan Hruşcă commenced in 1981, with his inclusion in the legendary Flacăra Circle. In a time frame of only three years, between 1981 and 1984, Ştefan wandered the country, near and far, performing over 1000 concerts, with this warm voice caressing the hearts of Romanians from all Romanian geographic regions. With his unique voice quality, the unmistakable candour and appearance of a distinguished simplicity, Ştefen Hruşcă has become one of the most beloved folk singers in Romania. His reference albums comprise: „Prayer for the Parents” (1984), „Wish for Lovers” (1986)’ „The Former Loves” (1995), "Special Ballads" (2007) and of course, the very popular records of Maramuresh carols and songs. If in the last 25 years, Ştefan Hruşcă’s Christmas carol concerts have acquired the status of tradition of Romanian winter holidays, the folk concerts are true cornerstone events of the cultural landscape, due to their rarity and original character. About the encounter with the Bucharest audience, Ştefan Hruşcă stated: „I am overwhelmed every time by the emotion of reunion. I expect you in the midst of spring, to warm ourselves with songs very dear to my soul.” The artist shall be accompanied by the “Mario Band” (Mario Florescu – drums, Radu Rotaru – keyboard, Alex Florescu – percussion)   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu

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Alexandra Ușurelu – The World, the Way You Want It to Be

19 March 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event! The sold-out tickets to the concert The World, the Way You Want It to Be of 29th January 2018, performed by Alexandra Ușurelu in the Grand Hall of NTB, has automatically led to the scheduling of a new representation of this long-awaited concert. Thus, on 19th March 2018, Alexandra Ușurelu invites you again to the National Theatre of Bucharest, to her concert to be held in the Studio Hall. The World, the Way You Want It to Be is a new spectacular concert production by Alexandra Ușurelu, starring her band, flute, harp, string ensemble and a vocal group. The featured musical material shall contain new melodies, with much more diverse sonorities, but also songs from the old repertoire. Known for her clean music, Alexandra Ușurelu has succeeded without artifices and aggressive promotion actions to win the appreciation of an educated audience, with refined tastes, preferring to choose its own music to which it listens to and to follow its favourite artists to the concert halls. She distinguished herself in over 400 concerts as an artist bringing back decency to the Romanian concert stages, her voice and personality tracing for the connoisseurs of quality music the outline of a unique artist in Romanian music. The sold-out concerts performed by Alexandra Ușurelu at the National Theatre of Bucharest and on the country tours have rapidly transformed her into one of the most successful independent artists, being the youngest artist who performed two of her own concerts on the same day, which were sold out, in the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Fuego – You Are My Spring!

26 March 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event! For me, Romanian pop music, since the interwar period until childhood and towards nowadays, simultaneously means essence, musicality, message and melody, inspiration, example, but also the faith according to which I have become, myself, its servant, for over 20 years. It is not forgotten, not thrown away, staying in the souls of the nostalgics and everyone knowing that quality melodies gain value over the years! And we have countless such values, which I shall bring back to your attention, in my You Are My Spring! national tour, commencing on 14th March and ending on 26th March 2018! I wish to pay tribute to Romanian music, to take a bow, after so many years and to show my audience what Romania has been, what it is and what it could be if it did not forget its music and its idols! I also have two super guests, two stars of the genre, two divas of yore until nowadays, with countless hits – Stela Enache and Marina Florea! We are preparing spectacular surprises, unique moments, among the hits of yore, the most beautiful and beloved choruses, but also my songs, old and new, everything in two hours of special show, in a spring extravaganza! You are most welcome!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu  

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