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20 Jul 2020 The National Theatre launches NTB-TV
The National Theatre launches NTB-TV

The NTB YouTube Channel - the online video interface of the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest - hosted between March and June 2020, live streaming broadcasts of the NTB Conferences (pre-recorded materials over the years) and of some of the performances fixed on video and kept in the Theatre archive. Loyal viewers, older or new subscribers of the NTB YouTube Channel (today, 9150 and not only from Romania) were able to watch online titles from the current repertoire: "The Tempest", "Allegro, ma non troppo", "Lottery Tickets”,“ God dresses from the Thrift”, “Light, at the End of the Tunnel”. However, older shows that can no longer be seen on stage were broadcast, such as "Scourge", "Breaking News", "Take, Ianke and Cadir", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream". In recent years, the "I.L. Caragiale'' National Theatre of Bucharest has made recordings of performances and famous NTB Conferences through the NTB Media Studio, its own multimedia studio, especially developed to create photo-video productions necessary to promote NTB, but also to preserve the theatre’s video archive. For our viewers not to feel so much the distance imposed by the circumstances, NTBlaunched a new challenge this month: NTB-TV. This is, since July, the new name of the YouTube channel of the Bucharest National Theatre. On NTB-TV, you will be able to see, starting with July 20th, 2020, the first live online broadcasts from the heart of the Bucharest National Theatre (both literally and figuratively). NTB-TV will broadcast live, video materials produced by the NTB communication team, with the aid of the NTB Media Studio team, which will ensure the footage and live broadcast of video materials made especially for the theatre-loving audience. NTB-TV online is a first step towards an online television dedicated to real stars, as we like to say, in the context in which the term “star” seems to be used, lately, too often and too carelessly. On NTB-TV, you will be able to see interviews with actors, directors, scenographers, show technicians, in short theatre people, especially from the National Theatre team, but also with those who join our team during the projects carried out here. NTB-TV will start the series of live broadcasts, on Monday, July 20th, 2020, with an interview on the premiere of the documentary theatre show, Romanian Diary.1989, directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu. We will learn from the artists who participated in the creation of the show, thoughts, hopes, ideas and maybe ... secrets during the work. The broadcast being live, you will be able to intervene in the discussion through the messages, you will be able to ask questions to the guests and you will have at least a chance to find out the answers, on the spot. We hope you will join us in large numbers, on NTB-TV, a video channel that you can access at any time onţionalILCaragialeBucharest  The first live broadcast of NTB-TV will start on Monday, July 20th, at 5:00 p.m., just a few days before the premiere date of the show “Romanian Diary. 1989 ". The show will be presented for the first time, on July 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020, at the NTB Amphitheatre, one of the few theatrical spaces open to the public during this period. Here, the programme “Summer Nights, Up, on the Theatre” takes place again this year, in the open air, on the roof of the Bucharest National Theatre. We are waiting for you, every night, to shows and, more recently, online, on NTB-TV!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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08 Jul 2020 At NTB, Premiere in Mid Crisis: Romanian Diary.1989
At NTB, Premiere in Mid Crisis: Romanian Diary.1989

In an extremely difficult period that the artistic world is going through, the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest announces the first premiere in the midst of a pandemic period: Romanian Diary. 1989, a show conceived and directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu, will have the first three performances on July 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020, from 9.30 pm. On the evening of July 25th, 2020, there will be a post-show dialogue between the audience and the directors. Special guest: Mădălin Hodor, historic. The performances will take place under the conditions imposed by the authorities, in the NTB Amphitheater, the open-air performance hall on the theatre rooftop.On the 30th anniversary of the Revolution that violently removed communist President Nicolae Ceausescu, four actors of the National tell the personal experiences of that period, how they lived those bloody events and how their lives changed (or not) ever since.Carmen Lidia Vidu, the director who led the Romanian theatre in the area of ​​multimedia documentary, chose four of the most famous Romanian actors to shed light on their stories: Ion Caramitru, Oana Pellea, Florentina Ţilea and Daniel Badale play their own parts. Concerning Ion Caramitru, details about the way in which he actively participated in the Revolution are known, the live broadcast expression - "Brothers, we have won!" remaining legendary. In 1989, Daniel Badale was a soldier in the Army and it is interesting the confession of the one who, "theoretically", was against the revolutionaries.Florentina Țilea was Nicolae Ceaușescu's reciter during his official visits to Iași, and Oana Pellea was mistaken for the wife of terrorist Vlase when she appeared on Romanian Television to defend it following the "Call for Artists".The four actors will be joined, through video appearances, by Germina Nagâț, member of the College of the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (CNSAS), former military prosecutor Dan Voinea, who initially investigated the "Revolution File" and the well-known British historian Dennis Deletant, an expert on Romanian communism.Along with this show, the National Theatre takes to the stage another premiere and also marks a record in the history of the Romanian theatre, with the largest video projection, on a huge wall, 33 meters long and 21 meters high.The multimedia show will give viewers the opportunity to compose a powerful and very humane puzzle. History is seen through the prism of personal biographies. Research, image and sound make up the multimedia universe that completes the actors’ stories.The most appreciated project of director Carmen Lidia Vidu, in the country and abroad, Romanian Diary includes so far 3 theatre performances (Jurnal de România. Timișoara; Romanian Diary. Constanța and Romanian Diary. Sfântu Gheorghe), two short films (My Romanian Diary and Romanian Diary. Muslim Diary) as well as an exhibition.Romanian Diary is a multidisciplinary project that merges film, photography and theatre, which aims to be, through a series of uncensored and direct confessions, an honest mirror of interpersonal relations, decisively influenced by the urban environment, but also a call for social and community involvement.We mention some international awards and participations that crown the international extension of the project: "My Romanian Diary", Independent Days International Film Festival, Germany, European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA), Netherlands and FILMFEST DRESDEN - in 2020. In 2019, for "Romanian Diary. Timișoara ”- Award of Excellence offered by the Timișoara City Hall and Voice of Europe, Jena, Germany. In the same year, participation with “Romanian Diary. Constanța” in EUROPALIA, Belgium. Numerous participations with “Romanian Diary. Timișoara ”, including: National Theatre Festival and FEST-FDR, 2019. With Romanian Diary. Muslim Diary ”, in 2018: Best Women Short - Independent Shorts Awards, Los Angeles, Best Documentary based on Women (Non-Fiction) - JIFF 16 International Film Festivals in Jaipur, India, Award Winner - Changing Face International Film Festival, Sydney and Finalist - Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival, Moscow. And in 2017, the Schauspielhaus in Vienna presented “Romanian Diary. Sfântu Gheorghe” and “Romanian Diary. Constanta"."The theatre risks becoming irrelevant to the community," says the director. "The danger of vanity lurks and leads us to isolation. We only listen to the opinions that confirm ours. Romanian Diary. 1989 is my way of saying that "you make history, your attitude matters", says Carmen Lidia Vidu.You are most welcome to the theatre! The following performances will take place on: 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th August 2020. All performances start at 9.30 pm.Here, you will find the rules imposed by the pandemic period regarding access to the theatre and participation in the show. We invite you to read them.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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05 Aug 2020 The exhibition
The exhibition "George Motoi - Under the Actor’s Mask", reopened to be accessible to the public

On March 4th, 2020, the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest opened the photography exhibition dedicated to the great actor George Motoi, entitled Under the Actor’s Mask. Exactly five years have elapsed since he had left the theatre and life stage for good. Unfortunately, a few days later, the theatre would close its doors to the audience, constrained by measures taken by the authorities to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, all those who wanted to visit this exhibition were prevented, not having access to the building. We would wear masks, some medical ones, just as we would be isolated, away from the shows that have delighted tens and hundreds of thousands of people in recent years. And yet, in its effort to be as close as possible to the loyal audience, lovers of performing arts and actors, the National Theatre of Bucharest decided, in addition to the performances adapted to the outdoor space at the NTB Amphitheatre, to move the exhibition dedicated to George Motoi from the Arghezi Foyer to be accessible to the audience further. Thus, since the beginning of August, all those who pass by the National Theatre - on the side with the Intercontinental Hotel - will have the opportunity to see the 20 photos exhibited in such a way that the distance and protection measures imposed by the authorities are observed. On this occasion, the National Theatre keeps its promise to stay with the spectators in difficult times, while honoring the memory of its great actors, now gone. George Motoi was born in the winter of 1936, in Caliacra. Shortly afterwards, the Quadrilateral was ceded to Bulgaria, and his father, a gendarme, was transferred with his family to a commune in Bărăgan, remarkably close to Brăila. The father would have wanted a military career for his son. In 1954, he started studying at the Institute of Theatre and Cinematography in Bucharest, in the class of Prof. Irina Răchițeanu. He was then assigned to Piatra-Neamț where, in 1959, he founded what we call today, the Youth Theatre. He was the director of the "Maria Filotti" Theatreof Brăila, between 1991-1995. He played at the theatre in Bacău, at the National Theatreof Cluj (where he stands out in the role of Caligula, in the eponymous play by Albert Camus, under the direction of Vlad Mugur). Radu Beligan, director of the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre in Bucharest, brings him to the capital and, from 1972 to 2007, he could be seen on stage in shows such as “Danton” (1974), “Richard III” ( 1976), „Vlaicu Vodă” (1982), „One Flew over theCuckoo's Nest” (1983), „The Dance of the Fairies” (1986), „The Name of the Rose” (1998), „My Sweet Lady, My Beloved Emin” - adaptation and self-directed (2002), "The Passions of St. Thomas Aquinas" (2005) or "Saturday, Sunday, Monday" (2006). His film career includes at least 45 lead roles. He has appeared in dozens of television shows and directed numerous plays. He wrote “Under the Actor’s Mask”, Orion Publishing House, 2006 and “New Stage Versions of Old Plays”, Coresi Publishing House, 2010, published in 2 volumes. In 2015, he received the Journalism Award from the Film Critics Association. George Motoi, a special personality of the Romanian theatrical and cinematographic culture, was awarded by the authorities with the Labour Medal, the “Cultural Merit” Medal and the “Third Class Cultural Merit” Order. He was also named Honorary Citizen of the city of Brăila. The exhibition "Under the Actor’s Mask" can be visited at any time, access is free. However, we recommend that you wear a health mask in accordance with the regulations in force regarding access to cultural events.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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