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13 January 2018 - 24 January 2018
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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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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An Exceptional Ionesco, Premiering at NTB! 28 November 2017
The I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest announces the premiere of the play Exit the King by Eugène Ionesco, a show with great actors, a reference play of contemporary literature, staged by a popular tandem of directors, the young Andrei and Andreea Grosu, founders of Unteatru, which has become one of the most appreciated theatres. Exit the King is an enactment not attempting to amaze through scenery or costumes, but in the first place, a reencounter with an acting couple offering us an artistic feast with each appearance on stage, Mariana Mihuţ and Victor Rebengiuc, joined by Ana Ciontea, Florentina Ţilea, Şerban Pavlu and Richard Bovnoczki, telling us a story in which time is dilated and distances are diminished like magic. The stage design is created by Vladimir Turturica and Chris Jaeger signs the light design of the show. Despite the title, the show is fortified by the lust for life and man’s incapacity to make peace with death. We are living disorderly – with a constant craving for tomorrow, we love desperately, we procrastinate as much as we can, we hurt without feeling, we turn mistakes into experiences and continue to experiment. The show is a praise to this unconsciousness named life. Exit the King, a staging stirring the numbed consciousness of being and putting the soul’s strength to test, in relation to man’s sole certainty, death, in front of which we can choose to believe that we are kings, although we are mere subjects. To the question What is more absurd between life and death?, Ionesco would probably answer: man! Eugène Ionesco was obsessed by the theme of exitus throughout his entire life, ever since childhood. ”Ever since the age of four, when I knew I would die, the anguish has never left me. It is as if I had understood, all of a sudden, that there was nothing left to do to escape it and there was nothing left to do in life (…). I am also writing to express my fear of dying, my humility of dying”, confessed the famous Romanian author. I told myself that you can learn how to die, that you can teach others how to die. This seems to me the essential thing we can do, because we are mortals not accepting the fact of dying‒ motivates playwright Eugène Ionesco the genesis of the play Exit the King. "Mr. Ionesco’s King has enabled one of the most beautiful encounters for us, claim Andrei and Andreea Grosu, the directors of the show. With people we fell in love with, with people we were already in love with and which we shall cherish the way they offered themselves to us, with smiles, fears, joyful, emotional, authentic. The queen leading us, another one trembling, the overwhelmed physician, the powerless guard, the frail maid and a dying king. We learn from them the art of dying. It is a story with kings and queens, with clouds and trees growing out of floors, great inventors, fears, family, but especially with and about love". The official premiere is scheduled for 28th November 2017, from 7.30 p.m., in the Grand Hall. The next representation shall take place on 17th December 2017. Tickets can be purchased at the NTB Box Office, from the Grand Hall foyer, as well as online, on www.mystage.ro.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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