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Latifa Laâbissi: Self portrait camouflage

08 October 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event! Show presented in partnership with the French Institute of Bucharest & 4Culture, within eXplore Festival 2018, with the support of TEATROSKOP, a programme launched by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.   In a white, blank space, an intensely lit human body. Silhouette unprotected by any garment, without the possibility to escape the gaze. Dancer. Woman. Of Arab origin. From France. Inventing a character and an entire plethora of „others”, people different from us, Latifa Laâbissi exposes and recomposes the factory of politics – with its social, sexual and cultural boundaries. Concept and “performance”: Latifa Laâbissi Scenography: Nadia Lauro Dramaturgy: Christophe Wavelet Sound creation: Olivier Renouf Light creation: Yannick Fouassier Figures: Latifa Laâbissi& Nadia Lauro Creation 2006 Production : 391 France Coproduction: “Live shows” – Pompidou Centre, Paris Creation residency: National Choreography Centre from Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon Rehearsal residency: National Centre for Contemporary Dance of Angers Details here     Latifa Laabissi is a performer dancer and choreographer; she is an associate artist at CCN2 – The National Choreography Centre of Grenoble and Triangle – “Dancing City of Rennes” Her creations include: “As Long as We Have Drunkenness”, 2016 / “Sleep Walking Screen”, 2012 / “The Side of Rite”, 2012 / “Loredreamsong”, 2010 / “Self Portrait Camouflage”, 2006. Since 2011, she is an artistic director of the programme “Savage Extension”, artistic and pedagogic project in the rural area, Bretagne. In 2016, she has been dedicated a monography published in co-edition at “Aubervilliers Laboratories” and“Les presses du reel” Publishing. The show is scheduled for Monday, 8th October 2018, from 8.00 p.m. and lasts for 60 minutes.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Concert Piano Battle – Andreas vs. Paul

08 October 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event!   Piano Battle – two pianists, six rounds, Chopin vs. Liszt, Debussy vs. Schubert, white vs. black. Who shall win? The audience decides, on 8th October 2018, at the National Theatre of Bucharest. Not every day, one has the opportunity of witnessing a battle one wishes to be endless. Not every day, one has the opportunity of listening to an exceptional live performance of the works by Chopin or Liszt and certainly not every day one shall see two international performers fighting on stage and for whom the sole prize is to conquer you. On 8th October 2018, the pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis shall fight a duel at the National Theatre of Bucharest in a unique concert-show, entitled Piano Battle - Andreas vs Paul. Who is the best pianist? This is the challenge which the audience must solve with the aid of ears, eyes and heart. Piano Battle - Andreas vs Paul represents a concert - show placing the spotlights on two rivalling pianists, very different from many points of view, but equally strong and competent, who compete in order to win the audience’s affection, having different styles, techniques and artistic personalities. In this unique battle, the antagonistic styles of the two pianists areset on against each other. In the meantime, many rules and conventions of classical concerts are breached, while these two artists, armed with charm and boldness, overcome limits and explore new territories, presenting things which you cannot enjoy within classical concerts, fully preserving the beauty of classical music per se. The repertoire is broad, from Schubert and Chopin to Scriabin and Ligeti.Faithful to their origins, the pianists tackle the challenge with virtuosity and energy. Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Scriabin? No problem. Fingers shall fly on the keys, and the audience shall see what the two artists are capable of. But strength and speed are not everything – the tone, the phrasing and the refined nuances are also key ingredients for a persuasive performance. This shall work with Schubert, Brahms or Debussy, or are these too comfortable choices? It is in the pipeline to experiment, to be bold, contemporary and sporty. Who can perform the piano and play ping-pong at the same time? And who can improvise better? The audience shall know. This 90 minute show does not only come down to piano performance, but it tackles words, ideas and individual styles. Who has the best jokes? Who is most innovative and funny? As the audience shall also discover, the key to success is the positive attitude, efficient communication and the execution at the appropriate moment. The two artists even go further, to spontaneously improvising pieces requested by the audience.   You shall be the jury In this show, you are the arbitrators! All spectators are invited to vote on the performances of the pianists, selecting, in the end, a winner. And your involvement in the concert might not stop here... Within the traditional concerts of classical music, the audience is in a passive position – beholding the performance and listening to music without interacting with the artists. But, within Piano Battle, the members of the auditorium play an active role, in a manner which improves both the musical experience and the entertainment factor. Since the very beginning, one thing is clear: when two artists have a confrontation, it is a delight for the audience. At the end of each round, all spectators are invited to vote on the performances of the two – and, in the end, to select a winner. Piano Battle is an original concept, initially created for the Hong Kong City Festival, which fills the concert halls and the halls of the renowned festivals from Asia, Europe and North America. Andreas Kern Born in South Africa de Sud, Andreas Kern studied piano in Cologne and Berlin with Günter Ludwig and Pascal Devoyon. As a soloist and performer in an orchestra, he gave concerts in Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Japan, India and South Africa. Man of television and rebellious musician, Andreas has always tried to present classical music in manners as unconventional as possible. From associations with theatre or dance, Andreas has attracted many young people to his shows.   Paul Cibis Havin studied in Hannover, Berlin and London, Paul Cibis is an international presence, already performing on five continents. Paul was invited to sing at international festivals in the United Kingdom, Germany, USA, South Africa, China, Taiwan, Australia or New Zeeland. Alongside the numerous concerts he held, he also participated in countless radio and TV broadcasts worldwide, like the stations BBC, WDR, 3Sat, ORB, HR, RTHK or CCTV. Among the numerous albums he launched, Paul also creates a collection of piano studies from Berlioz, Faure and Debussy, in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Barbara Senator. His last album comprises a series of solo performances of the works of Taiwanese composer Kai-nan Huang. Paul was also involved in film productions, composing the music for a series of short films, as well as for the documentary awarded at several international film festivals, Pianomania. More details about Piano Battle – http://www.pianobattle.com or on the eponymous Facebook page.   The tickets to the concert Piano Battle from the National Theatre of Bucharest, from 8 October 2018, can be purchased from the Eventim network (the storesGermanos, Vodafone, Orange, Domo, the bookshops Humanitas, Cărtureşti) or online from http://www.eventim.ro/ro/ Events is one of the greatest companies organising events in Romania, whose mission is to bring entertainment as close as possible to people. Since 2000, their slogan is “unforgettable”, and the events which shall always remain in the memory of spectators include the concertsThe Rolling Stones, Linkin Park, Aerosmith, The CranberriesorLeonard Cohen, Pink Martini, the shows Cirque du SoleilorSensation.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Latifa Laâbissi: Self portrait camouflage

08 October 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event! Show presented in partnership with the French Institute of Bucharest & 4Culture, within eXplore Festival 2018, with the support of TEATROSKOP, a programme launched by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.   In a white, blank space, an intensely lit human body. Silhouette unprotected by any garment, without the possibility to escape the gaze. Dancer. Woman. Of Arab origin. From France. Inventing a character and an entire plethora of „others”, people different from us, Latifa Laâbissi exposes and recomposes the factory of politics – with its social, sexual and cultural boundaries. Concept and “performance”: Latifa Laâbissi Scenography: Nadia Lauro Dramaturgy: Christophe Wavelet Sound creation: Olivier Renouf Light creation: Yannick Fouassier Figures: Latifa Laâbissi& Nadia Lauro Creation 2006 Production : 391 France Coproduction: “Live shows” – Pompidou Centre, Paris Creation residency: National Choreography Centre from Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon Rehearsal residency: National Centre for Contemporary Dance of Angers Details here     Latifa Laabissi is a performer dancer and choreographer; she is an associate artist at CCN2 – The National Choreography Centre of Grenoble and Triangle – “Dancing City of Rennes” Her creations include: “As Long as We Have Drunkenness”, 2016 / “Sleep Walking Screen”, 2012 / “The Side of Rite”, 2012 / “Loredreamsong”, 2010 / “Self Portrait Camouflage”, 2006. Since 2011, she is an artistic director of the programme “Savage Extension”, artistic and pedagogic project in the rural area, Bretagne. In 2016, she has been dedicated a monography published in co-edition at “Aubervilliers Laboratories” and“Les presses du reel” Publishing. The show is scheduled for Monday, 8th October 2018, from 8.00 p.m. and lasts for 60 minutes.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Directia 5 concert - Colourful

12 November 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event!   Directia 5 returns to the Grand Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest! In our grey daily life, Directia 5 brings once again joy to our life with a new extraordinary concert at the National Theatre: Colourful. The Romanian band with the most beautiful rock ballads proposes you this fall a show where you can relive the thrill of their great hits: Thank You, If You Knew, You Are My Style, I Need You, Superstar, So What, How Are You and Forever Love. A refined, elegant evening expects you and in the theatre foyer you shall discover the exhibition Colourful, with paintings created by the leader of the Directia 5 group, Marian Ionescu. If you want to show your liking for the desire and persistence of the Directia 5 band to bring joy to everyone’s life, wear something ”Colourful” when you come to the show.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Viennese Delight – Extraordinary Christmas Concert - 2018

24 December 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event!     The Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra is acknowledged for its art at national and international level. For several decades, the Orchestra’s activity has contributed to enriching the national treasure of musical culture. The Radio Symphonic Orchestra of Ukraine was created on 5th October 1929. The collective has produced over 10 thousand symphonic musical recordings for the Radio Fund of Ukraine throughout the 88 years of rich creative history. A unique collection has been gathered, comprising the works of national classical music, the creations of modern Ukrainian composers and the masterpieces of world classical music. The orchestra was improved through collaboration with prominent conductors of the 20th century: Mykola Kolessa, Nathan Rakhlin, Oleksandr Klimov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Isaac Pain, Stefan Turchak, Arild Remmerit, Rikkardo Kapasso, Herman Adler, Mykhailo Kanershteyn, Petro Polyakov, Kostyantyn Simeonov. Since 2005, the Symphonic Orchestra has been led by Volodymyr Sheiko – Head Bandmaster and Artistic director. Under his wand, the orchestra has performed masterpieces, such as: Requiem by G. Verdi; Symphony No. 9 by L. van Beethoven; Symphony No. 6, Pathetica by P. Tchaikovsky; Symphony No. 2 by S. Rachmaninoff; Carmina Burana by Carl Orff ; Stabat Mater by G. Rossini; The Execution of Stepan Razin by D. Shostakovich; St. John of Damascus by S. Taneyev; Fern’s Bloom by Y. Stankovych; Requiem and Davidde Penitente by W. A. Mozart.; Le Poème de l'extase by A. Scriabin and others. Under the supervision of Volodymyr Sheiko as a conductor, the Orchestra has recorded more than 280 chefs d’oeuvre of world music and Ukrainian masterpieces, thus contributing to the enrichment of the national radio treasure. The most successful performances of the Orchestra have taken place on the main stages of the Ukrainian capital, as well as the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine, the National Palace of Ukraine and the National Opera of Ukraine. The participation of world-renowned opera singers and instrumentalists, such as Jon Lord (composer and pianist for “Deep Purple” – England), Keiko Matsui (jazz pianist, Japan), Anatoliy Kocherga (bass, Austria), Anatoliy Solovyanenko (tenor, Ukraine), Zurab Sotkilava (tenor, Russia), Tatiana Grindenko (violin, Russia), Victoria Mullova (violin, Austria), Liana Isakadze (violin, Russia), Alexander Knyazev (cello, Russia), Vladimir Krainev (piano, Germany) has become a veritable embellishment of the concerts. The Orchestra toured over the last 6 years in 12 countries from Asia, Europe and Africa – in South Korea, Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Belgium, Poland and Belarus. The Orchestra’s performances have caught the audience’s attention in the most prestigious concert halls of these countries: Concertgebouw (Amsterdam); De Doelen (Rotterdam); Koningin Elisabethzaal (Antwerp); Philharmonie Luxembourg (Luxembourg); Filharmonia Narodova (Warsaw); Auditorio Nacional de Musica and Teatro Monumental (Madrid); Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau de la Musica Catalana (Barcelona); Auditorio de Zaragoza (Zaragoza); Kursaal (San Sebastian); Coliseu do Porto, Casa da Musica (Porto); Coliseu dos Recreios (Lisbon); Teatro Petruzelli (Bari), Teatro Ristori (Verona), Teatro Romano di Ascoli Piceno (Ascoli Piceno); City Hall (Seoul); Algerian Teatro National and Palace “Moufdi Zakaria” (Algeria); Palace of Congresses (Tehran); Coliseum, (El Jem), Theatre Antique Cartage (Tunis), Slavyanskiy Bazar Arena (Vitebsk). The orchestra shall perform the most important repertoire of the Vienna Ball Opera, which shall comprise works of the Strauss dynasty, Franz Lehar, Emmerich Kalman, Joseph Lanner and of other famous composers of Viennese music of the 18th and 19th centuries. The orchestra shall consist of 36 instrumentalists, and the „Aniko Ballet” Ensemble shall dance on the Viennese tunes. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Ballet classique from Saint-Petersbourg – Swan Lake

25 December 2018

Private event hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest. The organiser is exclusively liable for the quality and content of this event!   Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky Libretto: Vladimir Berghicev and Vasilie Gheltzer Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Stage design: Evgenii Gurenco Worldwide premiere: 20th February 1877, at the Bolshoy Theatre of Moscow. The St. Petersburg Classical Ballet of Andrei Batalov Company is created by Andrei Batalov – first soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre. Graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy of Russia, Andrei Batalov has been on stage for over 20 years. In 1992, he became a soloist of the “Mussorgsky” State Academic Theatre of Saint Petersburg, and two years later, he became first soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre. He belongs to a rare race of virtuoso dancers with an extraordinary technique, allowing him to be aligned with ballet legends of the past and present, such as Vestris and Nijinsky, Baryshnikov and Julio Bocca. He owns a unique collection of prizes from various international ballet competitions. He won the gold medal at the International Ballet Contest of Nagoya (Japan, 1996) and in Paris (1997). He won the second prize at the Rudolf Nureyev International Contest in Budapest (1996), first prize and Mikhail Baryshnikov prize at Arabesque-96, the Ballet Contest of Perm (1996) and the Grand Prize of the International Ballet Contest from Moscow (1997). In the repertoires from the Mikhailovsky (1992-1994) and Mariinsky Theatre (din 1994), Batalov was performing lead roles in the following ballets: “Cavalry Halt”, “La Sylphide”, “Le Corsaire”, “Don Quixote”, “La Bayadere”, “Manon”, “Scheherazade”, “Romeo and Juliet”, etc. At the Danish Royal Ballet (2000-2002), his repertoire included classical lead roles, such as: Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Albert (Giselle) and contemporary ballets by Peter Martins and Kevin O 'Dale. Batalov collaborates with the best dancers of the Mariinsky Theatre - Altynay Asylmuratova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Elvira Tarasova, as well as the legend of the decade 1960-1970 - Nadejda Pavlova (Bolshoi Theatre). As an artistic director of the company, Andrei Batalov intends to pursue the great traditions of Russian ballet, inherited from great masters of the past - Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky, Mihail Fokin. Nowadays, Batalov not only dances himself, but also teaches others - since 2010, he has been a choreographer of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. Among his graduates, for instance, the renowned Leonid Sarafanov. And in 2014, he opened in Saint Petersburg the Classical Ballet Theatre, where he became an artistic director.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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