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Magic National Becomes Magic …International 25 January 2018
Magic National, the NTB show where actors are singing and dancing accompanied by Emy Drăgoi, the king of accordion jazz and his bands, aspires to become Magic ….International! The repertoire chosen by the performers gathers, in an ample stylistic range, cultures and languages from all over the world. The atmosphere gradually inflames, and in the end the audience generously rewards the originality of each performer on stage with applause. Initially thought as a concert dedicated to Holidays, for the winter of 2015, the show has proven qualities which propelled it from one season to the other and even from one country to another. Last summer, Magic National participated with remarkable success in the Ohrid Summer Festival, in Macedonia. Another tour, at the Nisvil Jazz Festival from Serbia is in preparation for the summer of this year. On the evening of 25th January 2018, the actors and musicians composing the Magic National team shall be joined, for a unique representation, by the Japanese soloist Ato Kawara, with three melodies which shall speak directly to the hearts of the spectators. In love with Romania, good speaker of Romanian – adding a fine Transylvanian accent, Ato Kawara is singing in the choir of the Cluj Opera, has recently won a romance contest in Baia Mare, singing Shepherd with 300 Sheep and she is invited by the Embassy of Japan, on a yearly basis, for the celebration of the National Holiday, as a performer of the national anthem. On the NTB Facebook page you can watch Ato Kawara singing our anthem, Awaken, Romanian, performed on the occasion of Ion Caramitru’s decoration with the most important Japanese order dedicated to foreign citizens, the Order of the Rising Sun, which was handed over by His Excellency Mr. Kisaburo Ishii, the Japanese ambassador in Bucharest, through a ceremony held within the framework of the reception organised by the Embassy of Japan on the occasion of the National Holiday on 7th December 2017. Alongside Ion Caramitru, Medeea Marinescu, Marius Manole, Tania Popa, Istvan Teglas, Anca Sigartău, Lari Giorgescu, Aylin Cadîr, Eduard Adam, Florin Călbăjos, Emilian Mârnea, Petre Ancuţa, on the hearty tunes of Emy Drăgoi, 3D Pro`ect, Jazz Hot Club România and Lucian Maxim, the young Japanese artist shall add, in the magic of a winter evening at the National Theatre of Bucharest, a glimpse of the Nippon soul and her admiration for Romania! Japan is on our side! Let us applaud her warmly, in the Grand Hall of NTB, on the evening of 25th January, in the show Magic National!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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Little Hell - 200 representations 24 January 2018
One of the most successful NTB shows, Little Hell by Mircea Ștefănescu, shall celebrate, on 24th January, 200 representations at the premises, since the premiere in October 2013. A text as topical nowadays, as it was when it was written, in 1948, through the mastery of structure and dialogue, through the humour and irony of retorts, Little Hell is an authentic human comedy. A play where we find out whether the burden of marital yoke is easier to bear and whether the little hell of marriage can turn into Paradise. The longevity of this show is also ensured by a remarkable cast (Ileana Stana Ionescu / Rodica Popescu-Bitănescu, Ilinca Goia, Liviu Lucaci, Marius Rizea, Dragoș Stemate, Daniel Badale, Fulvia Folosea), whose talent director Mircea Cornișteanu has speculated in order to create a first-rate comedy.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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Titanic Orchestra – in the Limelight, the First Premiere of 2018 at NTB! 13 January 2018
On Saturday 13th January and Sunday 14th January 2018, the Painting Hall shall host, in preview, the first shows with Orchestra Titanic by Hristo Boicev, directed by Felix Alexa and stage set by Andrada Chiriac, the first premiere of the year 2018 at the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest. With this show, NTB continues the concern with the Balkan area, a space so special and dramatically generous, and the director, fine observer of this space invites us, in an exceptional company – the cast giving life on stage, to a story at the border between real and dreamlike. Claudiu Bleonţ, Mihai Constantin, Mihai Călin, Richard Bovnoczki and Tania Popa invite you to an encounter with a play which has enjoyed 30 enactments worldwide. Titanic Orchestra is a philosophical and absurd comedy on the desire to escape into illusion. Felix Alexa creates a universe of a magical realism, also enhanced by the stage set of Andrada Chiriac. "In Titanic Orchestra, four characters in a deserted and destroyed railroad, an image of solitude and failure of each of them, are endlessly rehearsing the possible scenario of deliverance from this pointless existence. They are, actually, rehearsing their own short play, with a predictable ending, entering an illusion which they fuel by „acting”. A „theatre” seen as a possible salvation from the monotony of a failed life, a „theatre” which can give them, even for a short time, the illusion of deliverance. Boicev’s irony becomes however stronger with Harry’s appearance, a magician bringing them the perspective of salvation through an even greater illusion than theatre, a supreme illusion, representing their passage into another dimension, where everything becomes possible. My show speaks about theatre and life, about how we can save ourselves, at least partially, from a frustrating and dull existence, hoping for another dimension created through illusion. An illusion which each of us creates in his intimacy, as a rescuing alternative. And what else is theatre but not an illusion which may sometimes become more real and more intense than reality itself?" states Felix Alexa. Hristo Boicev, the most well-known and enacted Bulgarian playwright, was declared playwright of the year 1989, with 40 enactments throughout Bulgaria, and nowadays he is the most staged author in 40 countries on five continents, multi-awarded in his country and abroad. His most famous plays comprise Bird Colonel (for a female cast, the title is The Colonel and His Birds), Orchestra Titanic, The District Hospital (enacted, in Romania, by Felix Alexa, at the Metropolis Theatre), the monodrama Phenomenon, Underground, That Thing, The Invasion etc. He adapted for the stage the novels Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The official premiere shall take place in the author’s presence and is scheduled for 16th and 17th January 2018, from 8.00 p.m., at the Painting Hall.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Decoration on Japan’s National Holiday 07 December 2017
  The most important Japanese order dedicated to foreign citizens, namely the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Ribbon has been bestowed by His Excellency, Mr. Kisaburo Ishii, the ambassador of Japan in Bucharest, upon Mr. Ion Caramitru, Director General of the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre, on 7th December 2017, during a ceremony within the reception organized by the Embassy of Japan on the occasion of the National Holiday at the Marriott Hotel of Bucharest, in the presence of countless guests. The Order of the Rising Sun was founded in 1875 (by Emperor Meiji of Japan), after the "Order of the Chrysanthemum" (reserved exclusively for state presidents or members of the royal houses), the second major order granted in Japan. It is, at the same time, the highest Japanese order granted to foreign citizens, awarded for special merits in the area of international relations, of the promotion of Japanese culture or the projects aiming at environmental development and protection. Before the Second World War, it was also bestowed for exceptional military services. The Order of the Rising Sun is conferred in the name of His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, through the Office of decorations pertaining to the chancellery of Prime Minister Shizo Abe, who signs the Patent of the distinction, bearing the state seal of Japan. The awarding ceremony of the High Order by His Excellency Mr. Ambassador Ishii, was accompanied by a brief presentation by the latter of the merits of Ion Caramitru in the support and development of cultural relations between Romania and Japan. In his acceptance speech, Ion Caramitru evoked a few examples of the tight collaboration with the Japanese theatre and he paid a warm tribute to the exceptional virtues of the Japanese nation, which he qualified as exemplary and worthwhile following. After in 2016, Ion Caramitru has been awarded by the British Council the title of Shakespeare Cultural Ambassador and the distinction of Actor of Europe, the year 2017 concludes for him with yet another international and prestigious acknowledgement, which we would like to share with joy with everyone who appreciates him.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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