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26 Jan 2019 The National Theatre of Kishinev Returns to NTB with Two Premieres
The National Theatre of Kishinev Returns to NTB with Two Premieres

Two of the most recent premieres of the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre of Kishinev are performed this year also on the TNB stage, during the tour Romanian Theatre in Bucharest, Iasi and Kishinev. On January 26th and 27th, 2019, from 7.00 p.m., at the Studio Hall, with only one representation each, there will be presented: The Carnival - a show on texts by Caragiale and The Cherry Orchard, by Chekhov. In the vision of Alexa Visarion, who signs the adaptation, the Carnival presented by the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre of Kishinev in Bucharest is our "everyday carnival" that sends its masks, with the energy of despair, to the intersection of the last three centuries (19th, 20th, 21st); disturbing interference where everything is maculating, degrading frenetically, becoming derisory ... We are betraying while weeping, laughing while betraying ... "- as the author of the show states. The cast comprises actors well-known to our audience: Anatol Durbala, Ion Mocanu, Petru Hadarca, Ghenadie Galcă, Iurie Focsa, Ana Tkacenko, Valentin Zorila, Mihai Zubcu, Dan Melnic, Olesea Svecla / Cornelia Maros - Suveica, Angela Ciobanu, Nicolae Ghereg, Doriana Zubcu - Marginean, Draga – Dumitrita Drumi, Ecaterina Mardari. This impressive cast of the Carnival at the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre must encompass all of us with dedication, craftsmanship and virtuosity in a fascinating delirium ... without stopping ... without stumbling ... without opposition ... without escape ... endlessly ... Perfect! - That's what Alexa Visarion's creed sounds like. Or, in other words, even in Caragiale's words, "actors on the stage must be possessed, have the devil within them, through the eyes, through the eyebrows, through the mouth, through the fingertips, through all the pores, to exorcise the demon and throw it on the audience. " The Cherry Orchard by A.P. Chekhov is the premiere of the National Theater of Kishinev this month (more precisely, January 19th) and is based on the famous play that Chekhov considers a comedy, Stanislavski - a tragedy, and on the billboard of the premiere in 1904, he wrote drama. In the vision of director Alexandru Cozub it becomes a tragicomedy, a delightful show about the thirst for shared love, the need for meaning and fulfillment. The scenography of the show is created by Iurie Matei (scenery) and Tatiana Popescu (costumes). Three generations of egocentric, naive, wasting and gabbering characters do not listen to each other, nor will they: they are only united by the Orchard, more from recollections than the one blossoming under the windows. The Cherry Orchard of Kishinev provokes, by speaking of the necessity of change, indifference and resignation: the broken string can only be replaced: if, like old Firs, “you no longer understand anything ... everything has collapsed”, you are locked in the deserted house. The roller of transition crushes everything. The parental home is not for sale is a slogan that sounds well in a song, not in reality. Orchards are meant to remain, immaculate, in memory. In the cast: Margareta Pantea, Ecaterina Mardari, Doina Severin, Nicolae Suveica, Victor Nofit, Alexandru Plesca, Petru Oistric, Mihaela Damian-Oistric, Ghenadie Galca, Ana Tkacenko, Nicolae Darie, Iurie Focsa. The duration of each show exceeds 2 hours, so both performances will benefit from one pause. Tickets were put up for sale at the NTB Box Office and online on www.mystage.ro.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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08 Dec 2018 The Silent Parrot - Nearly True Stories about a Nearly Forgotten Spy, for the first time at TNB!
The Silent Parrot - Nearly True Stories about a Nearly Forgotten Spy, for the first time at TNB!

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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15 Dec 2018 With The Forest of the Hanged, Radu Afrim Extracts History from the Museum!
With The Forest of the Hanged, Radu Afrim Extracts History from the Museum!

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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