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13 Jan 2021 NTB - Review between the Pandemic and Prospects for a Better Year
NTB - Review between the Pandemic and Prospects for a Better Year

  The National Theatre of Bucharest welcomes the National Culture Day with a balance sheet and a look back at the complicated recent year, which hosted, despite the conditions imposed by the pandemic, various events (several premieres, exhibitions, online broadcasts, but also shows at the headquarters), as well as oriented on the projects of the new year 2021. At their intersection, like an arch over time, an exquisite Eminescu recital, which we invite you to watch online this weekend, on the occasion of celebrating the National Culture Day on January 15th. The "IL Caragiale" National Theatre offers for viewing the filmed recording of one of the most beautiful recitals dedicated to Eminescu, Gone Are the Years…, recital held on January 15th, 2008 by the great artists of the Romanian stage, Ion Caramitru, Valeria Seciu and Ovidiu Iuliu Moldovan (in his last stage appearance!), accompanied by clarinetist Aurelian Octav Popa. On NTB's YouTube channel and on the theatre's Facebook page, starting with Friday, January 15th, 2021, from 6.00 p.m., until Sunday, January 17th, 2021, at 10.00 p.m., you will be able to watch this page from the golden anthology of Romanian poetry.    The balance of the year that has just ended shows us an atypical season, marked by an unprecedented attempt in the history of theatre, dominated by a pandemic with unpredictable manifestations, such as this triggered by the new SARS Cov-2 virus, and the measures imposed by this situation. Scheduled and cancelled shows. Rescheduled, and canceled again. Called-off tours, in the country and abroad.    From last year's premieres, only two could traditionally take place in one of the established halls, the Black Box hall: in February 2020, the official premiere with  Matilda and the Grave-makers by Stela Giurgeanu, a show on a text awarded by UNITER at the annual drama competition and directed by Mircea Rusu, with the first performances in 2019, and in March, a few days before the suspension of all shows and the decree of the state of emergency, the play Beginners by Tim Crouch, directed by Bobi Pricop was released. At the headquarters, in the first weeks of last year, 4 new conferences could be attended. Also during this period took place the lecture show The Island, the unfinished play by Mihail Sebastian (with act 3 written by Ruxandra Țuchel - the author being chosen after a contest), directed by Răzvan Popa (under the auspices of the Ion Sava Centre for Research and Theatrical Creation).    In the summer, taking advantage of the opportunity of the only stage in Romania built in the open air and located inside a theatre, the NTB Amphitheatre, two premieres took place here - Romanian Diary. 1989, a multimedia documentary show, successfully continuing an already notorious project of the director Carmen Lidia Vidu and M from Murphy - production within the 9G programme at NTB, a choreographic show signed by Andrea Gavriliu. From June 15th to September 27th, during this season entitled "Summer Nights, Up on the Theatre", 78 shows from the NTB repertoire were performed, adapted to this space. The turbulent reality imposed by the pandemic made the summer season at the Amphitheatre represent - both concretely and symbolically - the return of artists on stage and spectators to the hall. A number of other projects have come to life during these special months and await the encounter with the general public. Among these, the most advanced are  Incognito by Nick Payne, directed by Zsuzsanna Kovacs (within the "Open Doors for All" Programme), which already had a preview, and a poetry masterclass led by Ion Caramitru, entitled Poetic Copyright, in which a large part of the actors of the National Theatre participate. Honoring its mission, the National Theatre of Bucharest presented, season after season, starting with 2005, cycles of conferences held by personalities of the cultural, scientific, medical and economic life under the generic National Theatre Conferences. Between March 23rd and June 18th, 2020, 70 of these branded exhibits could be seen for the first time online! 9 shows were added from the repertoire of previous seasons, recorded by NTB, with 29 broadcasts in live streaming system, between April 24th and June 21st. Broadcasts of conferences and shows on the NTB YouTube channel totaled between March 23rd and June 21st: 182,875 views; 49,200 hours (watch time). Compared to the 8,500 existing subscribers, further 9,000 (subscribers) were initially gained. We note that 2020 also meant a new possibility of expression and communication with the audience, especially with the Romanian speakers, regardless of the meridian, by launching not only the NTB Youtube channel, but also the first television operating in a theatre - NTB TV (launched on July 20, 2020) dedicated exclusively to NTB directors and shows, with news, interviews and medallions reminiscent of great actors. Another interesting premiere of 2020 was the feature film 1989. The Diary of a Revolution, an extension based on the show Romanian Diary.1989, both directed by Carmen Lidia Vidu. The online premiere took place on December 16th on NTB's Youtube channel, the film being later taken over and broadcast in full by Digi 24 televisions (on December 19th) and TVR3 on December 22nd, significantly marking the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the Revolution. For 2021, looking hopefully towards the prospects of the new year, there are several other repertoire projects, among which we mention Carnival Stuff by I.L. Caragiale, a show that will be staged by the esteemed director Alexandru Dabija and the play Farewell, Mr. Haffmann by Jean-Philippe Daguerre, rewarded in 2018 with 4 Molière Awards, which will be staged by another well-known director, Felix Alexa. There are discussions with other directors, including Radu Afrim, Alexandra Badea, Alexander Morfov. The projects are numerous. However, the way of resuming the work in conditions of maximum safety for the health of the playwrights remains, for the time being, uncertain. We are waiting for the return of theatres and actors on stage. And because we want a short wait, we invite you to follow us on our online communication channels, on the NTB website ( and on the Facebook page of the theatre (https: // www / TNB.Ro /) where we will announce all the news of the next period. Translated by Simon Nichiteanu 

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18 Nov 2020 Project competition. 9G at NTB - 7th edition
Project competition. 9G at NTB - 7th edition

The “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest, through the “Ion Sava” Centre for Theatrical Research and Creation launches the 7th edition of the programme 9Gat NTB (New Generation) which addresses young theatre creators, graduates of the specialized faculties, up to 35 years old, not employed in entertainment institutions. The programme was launched in January 2014, so far 23 projects have been selected, 18 of them being included in The 9G Season at NTB. 9G at NTB takes place at the Small Hall, a space intended exclusively for young artists. 9G at NTB: - The “IL Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest through the “Ion Sava” Centre for Theatrical Research and Creation provides the space for the preparation of the show, at the Small Hall or in one of the theatre's rehearsal halls, for a period of four weeks (of which one week on the Small Hall stage). Depending on the rehearsal program of the theatre and the availability of spaces (rehearsal rooms, foyers, etc.) or the difficulty of the proposed project, the time given to the preparation of the show may be extended. - NTB provides the technical facilities at the Small Hall, the costume warehouse, the set store, the props, the theatre workshops, without making any additional investment related to the production of the show, but also the logistical support and advice from the theatre. - The performances resulting from the selected projects will have 3 free performances, with free admission, without the payment of copyright or related rights. - Following the performances with the audience, and with the agreement of the NTB Artistic Council, the show can be taken over in the repertoire of the Small Hall, in the 9G Season at NTB, benefiting from minimal investments in production, payment of royalties, according to the recipe and performances, and promotion. Conditions for participation in the pre-selection of projects: - The team proposing the project must be composed of independent artists, graduates of the specialized faculties, with a maximum age of 35 years. - There is no requirement or restriction in relation to the written texts (classical and contemporary drama) or the type of aesthetics proposed, but it is of advantage the concept of the show that relies mainly on the art of the actor. The projects will be sent by email to: They will include (according to the attached form): the directorial concept of the show (maximum 2 pages); cast, resume of team members. (Links to recordings of shows the team members have worked on can be added or recorded performances can be sent via transfer). The technical needs of the project will also be mentioned in detail. The play, the adaption for the stage, the script (any text underlying the project) must be put together in a separate document. The registration of the projects is made starting with November 19th, 2020, until January 31st, 2021, and until February 28th, the shortlisted titles and teams will be announced. Following a discussion with the teams, the selected titles will be decided to start rehearsals, in the first stage of the 9G programme (according to the regulations).   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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08 Dec 2020 Innovative exhibition of restored goods from the Collection of the Bucharest National Theatre
Innovative exhibition of restored goods from the Collection of the Bucharest National Theatre

      On December 8th, 2020, starting with 1:00 p.m., the lobby of the Grand Hall of the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, will host the first promotional event of the project Innovative exhibition of restored goods from the collection of the Bucharest National Theatre Museum, a project financed by the EEA Grants 2014-2021 within the RO-CULTURE Program. The opening conference of the project will be attended by representatives of the beneficiary of the funding - the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, as well as project partners: National Art Museum of Romania, National Village Museum "Dimitrie Gusti", National Military Museum King Ferdinand I and the National Library of Romania. The conference will be broadcast live, online, on NTB YouTube channel and on the Project and NTB Facebook pages. The project aims to improve the management of cultural heritage, improve cultural entrepreneurship, develop new skills and create new jobs. The project will lead to the organization of an innovative exhibition that will bring to the public 38 restored movable property, the development of new skills in the workplace for project team members and the creation of 3 new jobs at the NTB Museum. The "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest is, at national level, the only public institution of performances that holds in its patrimony impressive collections of cultural goods, historical mirrors of the evolution of Romanian drama and performing arts. Following the reconstruction and redevelopment of the National Theatre, a generous space (650 sqm) was devoted to the NTB Museum, in which spectators and visitors have access right from the main entrance of the theatre, from the Grand Hall lobby. In recent years, the NTB Museum has undergone an extensive process of reorganizing and reinventing the collections it holds. The data resulting from the inventory show that the collection of the NTB Museum comprises 227 paintings, 213 sculptures, 500 drawings, 157 costumes and accessories, 390 decorations and medals, 150 personal objects of the actors, and in the museum's warehouses there are numerous posters, photos and prints that will enter the collection of the National Theatre Library. The reorganization of the Museum is achieved on modern principles and according to the rigours of the Law on Heritage, Museums and Collections and the rules on inventory, restoration and classification of movable cultural assets, being a real challenge for the NTB team. The project "Innovative exhibition with restored cultural assets" is therefore a welcome support for the performance in the best possible conditions of these activities and a significant step towards the reopening of the Museum to the general public. The project responds to the needs expressed both by the target groups (actors and technical and administrative staff of the Bucharest National Theatre, theatrologists, historians and theatre critics in Bucharest and in the country), and by the NTB audience. According to a market study conducted by NTB in ​​2019, among the population of Bucharest, aged 18-64, NTB attracts the largest audience segment - approximately 45%. The NTB audience is the most culturally active, 6 out of 10 of the NTB spectators have attended more than 6 artistic events in the last year and most of them went, in addition to theatre performances, to museums / exhibitions, cinema, concerts. Taking into account these data, the project aims to increase the number of visitors to the Bucharest National Theatre by at least 30%, targeting especially young audiences, in line with the slogan promoted by the current NTB communication team: "A new theatre for a new audience. ” The project activities will be carried out by the teams of the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest in collaboration with the teams of the four partner institutions. The Bucharest National Theatre will ensure the management of the project which involves permanent monitoring of all activities, communication and relations with partners, expertise of cultural assets, preparation of documentation for classification of assets, submission to the National Commission of Museums and Collections, monitoring of acquisitions and financial operations project, communication and promotion of the project, as well as the organization of the innovative exhibition. The project partners, through their own restoration departments and specialized laboratories, will carry out the examination, physical and chemical investigations, treatment, conservation and restoration of the heritage objects that will be entrusted to them. The opening conference of the project will present to the public, through the guests present at the event, details about the objectives, activities, results of the project, as well as team members who will take part in their activities: managers, restorers, experts. The event will also be attended by representatives of the RO-CULTURE Program by which the project was funded. *** EEA grants represent the contribution of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 beneficiary states in Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic States. These funding mechanisms are established on the basis of the Agreement on the European Economic Area, which brings together EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as equal partners in the internal market. In total, the three states contributed 3 3 billion between 1994 and 2014 and 1,55 billion for the funding period 2014 - 2021. More details are available on and The RO-CULTURE program is implemented by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit and has as general objective the consolidation of economic and social development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. More details are available on: Project Facebook page: (still under construction)LinkedIn project page: Translated by Simona Nichiteanu            

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