Center “Ion Sava”

On the Roof. Gigi Caciuleanu among the jesters and actors at the NTB Amphitheatre

18 July 2019

As early as May, the Outdoor Amphitheatre, NTB's newest stage, a

unique space in Romania, at the theatre, 24 meters above the University Square became an effervescent place of cultural and aesthetic encounters, in an exciting and varied nightclub. Theatre and dance performances, jazz, rock or folk concerts, art films or the latest cinematic productions, meetings with artists will be seen and experienced this summer under the free sky of Bucharest at the NTB Amphitheatre.

Until the end of September, we are waiting for you on the roof of the National Theatre alongside 

established names and young artists to count together this summer unforgettable nights. Gigi Caciuleanu, inspired by the charm and uniqueness of the outdoor Amphitheatre and enthusiastic about the creativity of the young actors shortlisted at the HOP Gala, whose artistic director he is this year, prepares an absolute premiere: On the Roof! The first performances were put on sale for July 27th and 28th, 2019 from 9:30 p.m.


“The Magic Amphitheatre on the rooftop of the National Theatre of Bucharest seduced me and inspired me ever since the moment I presented my show "TextShop" there. I proposed to Mr. Caramitru to offer to the National Theatre, as a gift, a show created on purpose for this space. This triggered the idea of ​​an ad-hoc company composed of some of the shortlisted Hop Gala finalists.

Of course I would have liked to co-opt in the company (baptized "Ad-Hop" Company) all those chosen by the jury to participate in the Young Actor Gala final, being convinced that each of them would have been able to participate in the creation I propose. But ... not all of them could be available to work offhandedlyduring the holiday months ...

The selection for the show On the Roof was based on two criteria:

1. Calendar availability

2. Ability to face, to prove to be fast, original and creative, at the improvisation test everyone has been confronted with at the Hop Gala preselection, in addition to the previous work they have done.

On the Roof: I conceived the show as the invention of a world of contemporary jesters, a universe that uses a choreographic theatre language: a poetics of spatial geometry, a mathematics of clown tricks; Verb - Action (the dance movement) in alternation, (and / or symbiosis), with Verb - Speech (poetic metaphor).

Reinventing a vocabulary: an Introfugue, a Frolic Bullet, a Groundling, a Teetotum, a Skew Fallen, a Ricochet, a Spinner, a Flying Meander and many others ...

I relied on what I was inspired first of all: youth and the theatrical-bodily features of the ones I discovered working on the preparation of the Hop Gala and of course taking into consideration the specific theme I have boosted upon this event:

"The DanceActor, protagonist of the Choreographic Theatre - a requisite factor for the theatrical creation of the future." Gigi Caciuleanu

The show is produced by NTB, through the "Ion Sava" Centre for Theatre Research and Creation, in partnership with UNITER, the Art Production Foundation / Gigi Caciuleanu “Ad Hop” Company, with the support of JTI,  within the 9G at NTB programme.

In order to find out more about the show, about the outdoor Amphitheatre, about the Hop Gala and the young actors, about 9G at NTB, we invite you on Thursday, July 18th 2019, from 11:30, to a relaxing encounter, in the Small Hall lobby of the National Theatre.

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Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Researching and Theatrical Creation Center “Ion Sava” is that place where theatre can be a game, at large, in absence of the institutional pressure, of the dictatorship of deadlines and the final product obligations named spectacle. More than everything, it expects to be an open space for ideas and for attempts, first of all for the creative process, even if it is about the professional development or about the exploration of new territories of scenic art.

It came into existence by means of a government issue in 2005 and functioning since 2006, Researching and Theatrical Creation Center “Ion Sava” is on the one hand an informal “school” of perfectioning artists and technicians who work on the Romanian stage, and on the other hand an open platform for theatrical and interdisciplinary experiment and investigation.

The workshops which evolve inside the Center attend to cover a large spectre of theatrical areas, from dramaturgy to scenography and from neo-avant-garde to recovering the lost memory of the Romanian stage. The center organizes master class handled by distinguished professionists, Romanians and foreigners, and it offers creation space for artists in searching for new dramaturgy or performative language, in the guise of practice, lectures and meetings.

The manager of the Ion Sava Centre for Research and Theatrical Creation is Marina Constantinescu.

The projects of the Centre are coordinated by Cristiana Gavrilă.


Researching and Theatrical Creation Center “Ion Sava”
National Theatre “I.L. Caragiale”
Nicolae Bălcescu avenue, no 2, sector 1, Bucharest
Tel.: 021/3139175 extension 127
Fax: 021/3123169

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