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24 May 2018 NTB Inaugurates the New Amphitheatre
NTB Inaugurates the New Amphitheatre

  In the warm season, NTB invites you to its new Amphitheatre, on the roof of the Grand Hall The summer season brings to the Capital’s landscape a new outdoor playground, which shall bear the name Amphitheatre, located on theroof of the”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre, at the highest level of the building, above the terrace offering a unique panorama of the Bucharest centre. The new Amphitheatre shall host, beside the shows from the current and future NTB repertoire, adapted to the conditions of this new space, also representations of other institutions interested in renting this space. The new stage can offer a unique framework for varied artistic manifestations, appropriate for the warm season, from May to October: theatre plays, recitals, concerts, fashion shows, jazz evenings, one woman and one man show etc. Not lastly, within the framework of the programme "Open Doors to Everyone", NTB actors are invited to propose projects especially dedicated to this space, which shall function in the summer season. With a capacity of 299 seats, arranged on seat rows in steps, the new Amphitheatre has the following features: The structure is located at the altitude +24.50 m / wing A1. At the same altitude, the following spaces are located: - The actual ”Hall”, with a surface of de 431,56 sqm; - 5 fitting rooms (93,33 sqm); - The foyer and space for the actors’ regrouping (103,22 sqm) ; - The technical booths for lights and sound (17,40 sqm) The performance space has a surface of approximately 230 sqm. The space has a wood imitation floor, practical from an acoustic point of view and more appropriate for the artistic act, covered with a stage carpet. There is no surmounted stage, but traversables can be installed. The space does not have an attic, nor backstage: the scenery can only be fastened through counterweights. The reflectors for the stage lighting are located under a metal semi-cylindrical canopy with a diameter of 2m, located circularly above the acting space. The Amphitheatre launch shall be hosted on the evening of 24th May 2018, when the guests to the event shall be able to try out the possibilities of the new NTB acting space, which opens the gates for the spectators at night, for a first summer season, which we wish to be as manifold as possible.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu    Photo gallery

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19 Jun 2018 Noh Theatre Show, at the National Theatre of Bucharest
Noh Theatre Show, at the National Theatre of Bucharest

                                                                                On Tuesday, 19th June 2018, from 7.30 p.m., in the Studio Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest, you are expected to a theatre show which can be seldom seen outside the Japanese borders.It is called KOKAJI, a Noh theatre performance (Japanese classical drama, whose origins include over seven centuries of existence) in the interpretation of the Yamamoto Noh Theatre company. For the merits concerning the maintenance and promotion of traditional values, Yamamoto Noh Theatre has been included in the list of the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. The subject of this play is based upon the Japanese legends focusing on the enchanted sword, but the best-known is the one of the Kusanagi sword. Emperor Ichijou has a strange dream about an unseen sword, which the blacksmith Munechika could make and, consequently, he sends his messenger to the former’s house. The blacksmith, not having any reliable apprentice initially refuses, but in the end he gives in to the Emperor’s order. Hoping for divine help, he goes to the temple and prays to the protective deity Inari Myoujin. During the prayer, a boy appears out of a clear sky, recounting the story of the great Kusanagi sword, which prince Yamatotakeru has manoeuvred in his triumphant fight against barbaric tribes. Before vanishing, as mysteriously as he has appeared, the boy advises the master blacksmith to prepare his anvil and expect a sign from him. Thus, not after long, he is visited by Inari Myoujin, the very protective deity of the temple, under the appearance of a fox. The two start forging the magic sword, naming it ”little fox” (Kogitsune-maru). Then, master Munechika engraves his name on a side of the blade, and the fox puts its name on the other. Thus complying with the received order, Munechika sends the sword to the Emperor, and the fox deity eloigns itself in the direction of mount Inari. Kokaji (the Blacksmith)is a dynamic play in two acts from the Kiri Noh category (plays with supernatural characters and animals), whereas the author is unknown. The show Kokaji is presented by the Yamamoto Noh Theatre company, a well-established theatre, well-known and appreciated not only in the Nippon world. Thanks to the cultural policy of opening, Yamamoto Nohgakudo has become nowadays a true magnet for numerous foreign tourists eager to study Japanese culture. The aim of the company is to continue the tradition and make Noh known country-wide and worldwide as a vivid and attractive form of classical theatre, which can be understood and appreciated by anyone. The cast of the show features Yamamoto Akihiro, Sugiura Toyohiko, Moriya Yoshinori, Umewaka Motonori, Yoshii Motoharu, Yamamoto Yoshiaki. The Yamamoto Noh Theatre Company is familiar to and appreciated by the Romanian audience, where it has been featured two years ago with several shows at the National Theatre of Bucharest and the International Theatre Festival of Sibiu. The company leader is a renowned Noh theatre actor, Yamamoto Akihiro. Manager of the Yamamoto Noh Theatre Company of Osaka and of the eponymous foundation, he is also the President of the Noh Theatre Actors Association of Japan. Through the Yamamoto Noh Theatre Company, he has contributed to the promotion and transmission of the unique values of one of the oldest forms of Japanese traditional art. For his activity, master Yamamoto Akihiro has been awarded in the year 2015 the Japan Foundation Prize for ”Global Citizenship” and in the year 2017 the prize of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Japan. Show duration of approximately 60 minutes, with translation into Romanian.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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15 May 2018 Second Degree Sculpture exhibition
Second Degree Sculpture exhibition

The Exhibition Second Degree Sculpture @ the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest An Event by The Contemporaries, signed by Mircea Roman and Aurel Vlad   On Tuesday, 15th May 2018, from 6:30 p.m., the Rotunda of the Ion Luca Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest shall host the opening and launch of the catalogue to the exhibition Second Degree Sculpture, bringing into the fore two sculptors, some of the major Romanian artists, Mircea Roman and Aurel Vlad, organisers: the Contemporaries Cultural Project and NTB, co-organiser the Romanian Cultural Institute.  Open to the public for four months, at the 0 km of Bucharest, the exhibition reconciles two artistic representations of Power with a high level of expressiveness. Second Degree Sculpture is organised in the spirit of the acknowledgement of Romanian values, of personalities registering performance on the cultural field and representing Romania with excellence at the most important manifestations of international culture. In the opening, Ion Caramitru, director general of NTB, Adriana Popescu, director for communication and international relations at NTB and Maria Pașc, Contemporaries Project, shall take the floor. This exhibition event is achieved with the support of Apulum – the Porcelain Factory Alba Iulia, Dedeman, Titan Mar, the Sâmburești Domains and Aqua Carpatica. The exhibition Second Degree Sculpture shall be open to the public until 10th September 2018 and can be visited daily from 2.00 – 7.00 p.m., except for Mondays. The audience’s access to the exhibition Rotunda is made through the entrance to the NTB Small Hall, from Carol Blvd. Entrance is free. The Contemporaries Cultural Project is initiated and developed by the Făuritori Association, which aims at capitalizing contemporary Romanian culture, by favouring the creative act, approached from a unitary perspective with the creator. The project is aimed at the organisation and support of artistic and socio-cultural activities, for educating the audience’s aesthetic sensibility.   About the exhibiting artists: Mircea Roman (born 1958, Băiuț, Maramureș). In 1984, he graduated from the courses of the Ion Andreescu Fine Arts Academy of Cluj, sculpture department. Awards and distinctions: 1988 – Atelier 35 Award Bucharest; 1992 – Grand Prize of the Osaka Triennial for Sculpture; 1993/1994 - Delphine Studio scholarship, London; 2000 – decorated with the National Order Christian Service to the rank of Officer; 2008 – Gold Medal of the Visual Artists’ Union of the Republic of Moldova. He is a member of the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania and since 2016 president of the sculpture branch of the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania. In 2017, he received the Award of the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania for Sculpture. Aurel Vlad (born 1954, Galați). In 1984, he graduated from the Nicolae Grigorescu Fine Arts Institute, sculpture department. Since 2005, he has been a PhD in Fine Arts and university professor at the National Arts University of Bucharest. Awards and distinctions: 1986 - Dimitrie Paciurea scholarship; 1990 – Award for Sculpture of the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania; 1998 – Grand Prize of the Bucharest Municipality Salon; 2000 – National Merit Order to the rank of Commander; 2002 - Ion Andreescu Award of the Romanian Academy for sculpture; 2003 – Third Prize of the International Sculpture Symposium of Fuente Palmera, Spain; 2009 – Constantin Brâncuși Grand Prize, Painting Biennial, Sculpture, Arad; 2010 - Constantin Brâncuși Grand Prize - Painting Biennial, Sculpture, Timișoara; 2011 – Excellence Diploma and Cultural Prize of the George Apostu Cultural Centre, Bacău; 2014 – Award for excellence in art, offered by the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania; 2016 - Constantin Brâncuși Prize, awarded by M.L.N.R. and the Romanian Academy. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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