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20 Sep 2019 A new show by Alexander Morfov at NTB: The Merchant of Venice!
A new show by Alexander Morfov at NTB: The Merchant of Venice!

The I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest announces the premiere of The Merchant of Venice  by William Shakespeare, which will take place on September 20th and 22nd, 2019, from 7.30 pm, in the Studio Hall. A new Shakespearean enactment at NTB, a new collaboration between the Bucharest National Theatre and Bulgarian director Alexander Morfov. Seconded in this endeavour by lighting designer Chris Jaeger (England), choreographer Inga Krasovska (Latvia), Gabi Albu (sets) and Liliana Cenean (costumes), Alexander Morfov is already at his fourth collaboration with NTB, after TheVisit by Fr. Dürrenmatt, The Tempest by W. Shakespeare and No Man's Land by Danis Tanovic. Written at the end of the sixteenth century, The Merchant of Venice is still an extremely topical play about money, greed, love and inter-racial tensions, about discrimination and revenge. The most controversial Shakespearean writing, "The Merchant of Venice" has imposed one of the most fascinating characters of universal drama, Shylock, the Jewish loan shark consumed by the desire to take revenge against his rival, the Christian merchant Antonio. The great controversy surrounding this writing, on the grounds that literary exegesis has given contradictory opinions, is whether the text is antisemitic or not. Well-known literary critics have accused the play of powerful antisemitism, while for others, the immortal Will does nothing but describe a profound human drama.  "The Merchant of Venice" - One of the darkest Shakespearean comedies, in which the love story of Bassanio, the man who lost his fortune and who has to borrow money in order to be able to woo the woman he loves, integrates into the much more dramatic story of the Jewish loan shark Shylock and his desire to get a pound of the meat of the Venetian merchant Antonio. In the NTB show, drama and comedy, farce and romantic entanglements intertwine with absolute moral dimensions, in an impressive cast, with Ion Caramitru in the role of Shylock, and with a scenography that takes us directly to the heart of Venice. A captivating enactment, with dynamic rhythms, which showcase Shakespeare's extraordinary creative power. In the cast, alongside Ion Caramitru: Richard Bovnoczki, Ada Gales, Alexandru Potocean, Cosmina Olariu, Siviu Mircescu, Flavia Giurgiu, Ciprian Nicula, Emilian Marnea, Mihai Calota, Petre Ancea, Florin Calbajos, Mihai Muntenita, Stefania Circu, Cristina Simion, Shahbazimoghadam Mohammad Jawad, Dragos Dumitru. The following performances are scheduled for: October 4th and 13th, 2019, from 7.30 pm and, in the morning, on October 5th, from 11.00 am. Tickets areavailable at the NTB Box Office, as well as online on www.mystage.ro.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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12 Sep 2019 The National Theatre of Bucharest announces the opening of the new season 2019-2020
The National Theatre of Bucharest announces the opening of the new season 2019-2020

As every year, in mid-September, the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest announces the season opening. The first shows are scheduled for the weekend of September 13th - 15th, 2019, and the tickets have been put up for sale online and at the Theatre’s box office. Since the first weeks of the new season 2019-2020, some of the most appreciated performances of the repertoire will be seen. To the NTB stages shall return, one by one, titles that have reaped meaningful applause and appreciation, such as: "Exit the King", "All My Sons", "The Dinner Game", "The Idol and Ion Anapoda", "The Man Who Saw Death ", "Little Hell" , "Shadows", "Mouse Trap"," Titanic Orchestra ","The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", "Powder Keg", "Sentimental Tectonics", as well as the recent premieres: "The Nouveau Criminals", "The Door Mat", "Class", "50 Seconds". In the next period, the summer season on the rooftop, from the Amphitheatre, unfolded throughout the summer season under the title Summer Nights, on the Theatre Rooftop, continues to seduce the spectators at late hours of warm and clear evenings, announcing shows until the end of September. After the theatre halls went on vacation, the audience retreated to the welcoming and comforting atmosphere of the theatre space above the Grand Hall, where these summer evenings were animated, for the first time after the NTB reconstruction and the inauguration of this new space, by theatre, music, dance or film. The Hop Young Actor’s Gala had a prologue here, through the premiere of the show On the Roof, a project coordinated by the exceptional artist Gigi Căciuleanu and welcomed with great enthusiasm by the public and critics. In September, the performance based on the play, designated at the UNITER Awards Gala "The best Romanian play of the year 2017", 50 Seconds by Daniel Oltean, was invited to attend the Festival Days and Nights of Theatre in Braila. Towards the end of September, one of the most recent premieres, production of the past season, the enactment of the play The Nouveau Criminals by Edna Mazia, will have two performances on the stage of the "Mihai Eminescu" Theatre in Kishinev, on the occasion of the Romanian National Theatres Reunion. The NTB conferences will have a new format this autumn, being organized in October, in partnership with Dilema Veche, in November, with România literară and in December, with Revista 22. The first conference within the new season series is scheduled for September 29th, 2019. Afterwards, in spring, the threshold of the 18th birthday having passed, the programme for children, the National Children's Theatre, co-produced by the Abracadabra Foundation and NTB, is preparing to commence the 19th season in which the youngest of the theatre spectators will continue the Theatre Game under the guidance of the beloved Magician of Stories, Marian Râlea and his team. The "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest announces, for the new season, two enactments aftercornerstone titles of universal dramaturgy, under the signatures of two successful directors and with winning casts. The first new enactment on the National stage for the autumn season is in an advanced stage of rehearsals, at which the Bulgarian director Alexander Morfov is working. With three previousNTB productions, The Visit, The Tempest and No Man's Land, a director with an internationally acclaimed originality, Morfov has returned to the Bucharest National Theatre for a new Shakespearean challenge. This time, his choice is the play The Merchant of Venice, with Ion Caramitru in the role of Shylock and with  Ada Galeș, Richard Bovnoczki, Alexandru Potocean, in other lead roles, assisted by an extensivecast. Sets: Gabi Albu, Costumes: Liliana Cenean, Choreography: Inga Krasovska, Light Design: Chris Jaeger. Written at the end of the 16th century, "The Merchant of Venice" is still an extremely topical play about money, greed, love and inter-racial tensions, about discrimination and revenge. Shakespeare remains "our contemporary," as Jan Kott stated more than four decades ago. The first performances are scheduled for September 18th and 19th, and the premiere on September 20th and 22th, 2019, at the Studio Hall. Also in September, at NTB, the rehearsals for a new show will commence, directed by Radu Afrim. Three Sisters by AP Chekhov, to be premiered in December 2019. The constantly updated information, schedule of shows and events held at NTB and all details about the various activities of the theatre, as well as new interactive communication possibilities and an online questionnaire open to viewers on the page Your Opinion can also be found during the new season on www.tnb.ro and on our social media pages. So we are waiting for you to join us! The 2019-2020 Season opens at the National!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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12 Sep 2019 1178? - Gesture for Heroes
1178? - Gesture for Heroes

Officially, 1178 people died in the Revolution, but the number is not yet final, many files are waiting for a verdict even now. The project 1178? - Gesture for Heroes aims at reuniting artists from all fields in a symbolic effort of remembrance, documentation and gratitude. We invite 1178 artists to join our project by paying tribute to a missing person. A fine artwork, a text fragment, a film scene, a piece of music or any personal contribution to our gesture against oblivion. A simple and discreet artistic gesture that reminds us of those who disappeared in December 1989 and maybe, from the collective memory. The artistic gestures will be reunited in electronic format and presented in the form of projections (plasmas, tablets, video projections) held simultaneously between December 17th and 22nd, 2019 at the headquarters of the host partners: Galateca, NTB, ArCuB, MNLR Crețulescu, CNDB, Cotroceni National Museum (TBC). The website of the project (work in progress) will function as an archive-document of the gestures and heroes dedicated to them. The project is an open call and the organizers will also launch a list of guests, personalities of our culture, from the country and from the diaspora. The project is a cultural and civic attitude, without political involvement. The organizers reserve the right to reject applications that cause image damage to the event, the organizer and the partners. Partners: Association December 21st, UNARTE, UNITER, TNB, Museum of Romanian Literature, Galateca Gallery, ArCuB, Union of Composers and Musicologists, National Dance Centre Bucharest, Cotroceni National Museum (TBC). Project launched by the Fine Artists’ Union - Drawing Department and carried out with the support of all partner institutions, with the pro bono involvement of the artists and the project team.  The form for participation in the project can be downloaded here This, alongside the work- artistic gesture will be sent to: Anca Boeriu - anca.1178@gmail.com // 0722 357 212 Stefana Marmureanu - stefana.1178@gmail.com // 0724 245 565 Deadline for sending the application November 20th, 2019. The project team is composed of: Anca Boeriu, Stefana Marmureanu, Ariadna Ponta, Maxim Trikhanov, Alexandru Simion-Boeriu and Dragos Tudor.

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