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17 Sep 2022 Premiere at NTB - Exile
Premiere at NTB - Exile

About the exile and the relationship of anger and love with Romania - in the new premiere at NTB, by Alexandra Badea I.L. Caragiale National Theatre in Bucharest announces the premiere of Exile, a play written and directed by Alexandra Badea - a show about recent history, also inspired by the author-director's own biography! The premiere will take place on September 17th, 2022, at 7 pm, in the "Ion Caramitru" Hall. "I have long wanted to talk about exile and the relationship with Romania, a relationship of anger and love, which we all feel, about the desire to leave, the desire to return, the impossibility of adapting here. But also about inherited things - education, the blockages we get from family and school". With the play "Exile" - Alexandra Badea reconstructs, in a non-linear chronology, the image of a family made up of three generations, recalling, fragment by fragment, the experiences that marked its existence: communism, post-communism and, especially, the exile. "It is a play more about an inner exile of the characters, about the inability to be free, to break away from the past, to discover and assume their identity, to get in touch with their deepest nature, with their most hidden desires. We in Romania still carry the trauma of the education we were given at school and in our families during the dictatorship. This is something that is found in all people who have lived in dictatorships or have been brought up by parents who have gone through this experience. There is no point being born in a free country if your parents lived in fear”. This is how author Alexandra Badea defines her intentions. The events recounted are a pretext for pondering on topics as diverse as the search for identity, history, adaptation and guilt. Alexandra Badea's characters, whether settled in France or remaining in the country, discover in themselves a hidden uneasiness, the suspicion of a betrayal in the family past, search for the point where it all started and begin from there a path of understanding and rebuilding a new life. "For this play I dreamed of a cast that would allow characters to develop over time, to see their evolution from 20 to 50 years. The diversity of the NTB company allows this, it is perhaps the only theatre in Romania where I could develop such a complex project", the director confesses. And here are the actors who respond to this challenge: Ada Galeș, Emilian Oprea, Cosmina Olariu, Florin Călbăjos, Crina Semciuc, Emilian Mârnea, Ana Ciontea, Irina Movilă, Diana Dumbravă, Mihai Călin, Alexandru Potocean, Richard Bovnoczki, Liviu Lucaci, Ionuț Toader, Aylin Cadîr, Vitalie Bichir. Cosmin Florea is responsible for the set design. Original music, Călin Țopa. Born and educated in Romania, Alexandra Badea chose a different path from her family's at a very young age to see her dreams, quests and aspirations fulfilled. Over the last 20 years, through a sustained theatrical activity in France, she has established herself as one of the most interesting voices of young playwrights. Alexandra Badea is currently one of France's most powerful directing and artistic voices. Theatre and film director, playwright, novelist, associate director of the National Theatre "La Colline" in Paris, Alexandra was born in 1980 in Bucharest, but has been living and creating in France since 2003. She is a graduate of UNATC Bucharest, theatre direction section, class of Professor Valeriu Moisescu. After graduating, she went to Paris to study at the International Centre for Theatre Studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Sorbonne Nouvelle), where she did a master's degree with George Banu. Her first plays, Mode d'emploi, Contrôle d'identité and Burnout were published in 2009 by L'Arche publishing house. Pulvérisés, the triptych Je te regarde, Europe connexion, Extrêmophile, her first novel, Zone d'amour prioritaire, will follow, as well as other volumes of plays: A la trace, Celle qui regarde le monde, and the trilogy Points de non-retour. For Pulvérisés she was awarded the Grand Prize for Dramatic Literature for 2013, a prize under the aegis of the French National Theatre Centre, and the jury's motivation reads as follows: „ With this surprisingly constructed play, Alexandra Badea proposes a series of portraits and x-rays the general system of globalization and the mechanisms of globalization”. The play, which was also staged on radio by France Culture (Alexandre Planck), is presented as a reading performance at the Sibiu Theatre Festival and is staged in Bucharest by Andrei Măjeri with the Apollo 111 Company, under the title Pulverizare. Alexandra is also the author of radio fictions for the France Culture radio station, including Red line, Mondes, Europe connexion. Her plays written in French are staged under her own direction or under the signature of stage directors such as Frédéric Fishbach, Jonathan Mitchel, Anne Theorn, etc., in major theatres in France, but are also translated into several languages and performed throughout Europe, as well as in Brazil, Argentina, Canada, USA, Taiwan. In 2019, she was invited by the Avignon Festival to create the second part of the trilogy Points de non-retour (Quais de Seine), presented in its full 7-hour form in 2022 at the Théâtre National de la Colline. In 2021, she published her second novel, Tu marches au bord du monde, with Les equateurs publishing house. He wrote several screenplays, Solitudes, directed by Liova Jedliecki, which was awarded several prizes and mentions at the Clermont-Ferrand, Barcelona, Alès film festivals, and also directed the awards winning short films 24 heures and Le monde qui nous perd. In 2016 she was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2018 she wrote her first play in Romanian, Perfect compus, which she staged with the actors of the National Theatre "Radu Stanca", thus returning after an absence of eight years in Romanian theatre. The performance was presented at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. During this 25th edition, Alexandra Badea received the "Iulian Vișa" award, which is given to a director of the young generation, as a token of appreciation for her "unique artistic voice". In 2021 she returns to Sibiu to stage the play On the other side of the world, as part of a European project. With "Exile", a text also written in Romanian, Alexandra Badea returns to the National Theatre from Bucharest after an absence of 14 years, after having staged here, in 2008, at Sala Atelier, the play Complexul România by Mihaela Michailov, winner of the UNITER award for the best play of 2006. The next performances of "Exile" will take place on September 18 and October 2nd, 2022, 7 pm at the Ion Caramitru Hall. Tickets are on sale at the NTB box office and online at   Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu

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07 Sep 2022 A double painting exhibition at NTB - ”Us-2022”
A double painting exhibition at NTB - ”Us-2022”

  Starting September 7, 2022, in the Media Foyer of NTB (Intercontinental wing) a double exhibition of paintings will be launched, that of the twin brothers (!) Cezar and Ovidiu Popa, under the suggestive title Us-2022! The artistic biographies of the two artists seem to be "paper copied": they both graduated from the Nicolae Tonitza High School of Fine Arts in Bucharest (1994 - 1998) and then from the UNA University of Arts (2008 - 2011), after which they devoted themselves to restoration and conservation activities, working together at the Palace of Justice in Bucharest, restoring church frescoes and occasionally painting on glass and furniture. However, their paintings differ substantially in style and subject matter and are marked by the distinct personalities of the two artists. After participating (also together!) in several group and solo exhibitions, the last one being in 1997, at Casa Radio, Cezar and Ovidiu Popa will exhibit on the NTB cyma some representative works of their creation. We invite you to discover them at the opening on Wednesday, September 7, at 7 pm, in the presence of the artists and the curator and art critic PhD. Marius Tița, who will present the exhibition. "It's a unique situation, they are twin brothers, now 45 years old, who have always walked steadily and thoroughly on the path of plastic creation. They have studied and worked together, and on the all-too-rare canvases they make they are still together. The whole evolution of the work of the Popa brothers, Cezar and Ovidiu, is a normal one, without any search or insistence. The plastic approach is also strong in the naturalness of the surrealist expression, the intensity of observation and involvement in artistic expression. Here I am, in modernity and contemporaryity, with a message of opinion, with touches of detail, describing metaphors and allegories that are close to us, that we could have thought of but didn't". Marius Tiţa The exhibition We-2022 will be open in the Media Foyer of the NTB (Intercontinental wing) until 30 September 2022 and can be visited daily from 10 am to 6 pm.   Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu

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02 Jun 2022 Helmut Stürmer, Victor Ioan Frunză and Mimi Brănescu feature theatre workshops at NTB
Helmut Stürmer, Victor Ioan Frunză and Mimi Brănescu feature theatre workshops at NTB

The end of the season brings at the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre from Bucharest, under the aegis and organized by the "Ion Sava" Centre for Research and Theatrical Creation, important artistic meetings in the form of workshops. Thus, young artists and not only, from various areas of this industry, employed in Romanian theatres or independent, will be able to explore and test ideas, themes, theatrical techniques under the guidance of accomplished professionals. Helmut Stürmer and Corina Grămoșteanu will coordinate a scenography workshop whose theme is the creation of a unique scene set space suitable to interpret the Shakespearean tragedies "Hamlet", "Macbeth", "Richard III", basic spaces suitable for theatrical metamorphoses necessary for various directorial concepts. Nine young scenographers have been selected to participate in the workshop from June 13 to 18, 2022. From June 20 to 25, 2022, stage director Victor Ioan Frunză will hold a Theatre Workshop for actors up to 40 years old. The great director proposes an essential theme for the art of theatre and actor training, the workshop being entitled About the secret power of words. As of 30 May 2022, also within the "Ion Sava" Centre for Research and Theatrical Creation, a Playwriting Workshop has been released, coordinated by playwright and screenwriter Mimi Brănescu. Taking place over 3 months, with weekly meetings, 20 participants will be able to develop a dramatic proposal for which they have been selected. These workshops and artistic meetings complement the mission of the "Ion Sava" Centre for Research and Theatrical Creation, the only Theatre Research and Creation Centre operating within a theatre in Romania, to be a space open to ideas and experimentation, to the creative process in the first place, whether it is about professional development or about exploring new trends in the performing arts, which are so necessary for artists and theatre professionals.    Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu 

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