Coming soon at NTB - Three sisters

18 November 2019
"Titanic Orchestra" - Grand Prize in Brasov 26 November 2019
At the recently concluded edition of the International Contemporary Drama Festival of Brasov, Titanic Orchestra by Hristo Boicev, under the direction of Felix Alexa, won the Grand Prize. The show of the "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest had its premiere in January 2018 and ever since it has been performed to full halls, both at the headquarters and on tour, conquering the audience and theatre chroniclers alike. At the same edition of the Brasov Festival, the 30th, the award for Best Actor was bestowed upon Richard Bovnoczki, the performer of Doko - the one who "was born with a nameless pain", as his refrain goes "and his refrain miraculously fits the others, too" notices Andreea Nanu (22 Magazine).  "Titanic Orchestra" by Hristo Boicev is a philosophical and absurd comedy about the desire to escape into illusion. The Bulgarian author probes the phenomenon of migration through the stories of four poor individuals, assaulted by the great illusion of another, more benevolent world. "Is life an illusion? Many philosophers have tackled this question. A fatal illusion, says the Bulgarian author. But Doko's swan song, the bear tamer, the only one left on stage, is impregnated by so much humanity that it makes us think that he did not dream, that he was there with the others, that their dream was collective," wrote Evelyne Tran, on the occasion of the Parisian enactment of the text. "My show talks about theatre and life, states director Felix Alexa, about how we can save ourselves, at least in part, from a frustrating and annoying existence, hoping for another dimension created by illusion. An illusion that we each create in intimacy, as a saving alternative ”. The prizes were awarded on Saturday night, by a jury consisting of the actress Olga Delia Mateescu - president of the jury, Ruxandra Sararu, producer of radio - TV shows, and Alexandru Nagy, director. These awards add up to those received a year ago, at the International Festival of Studio Theatre and New Forms, where the NTB show was rewarded with: Prize for best performance, Award for best director (Felix Alexa), for the best stage design (Andrada Chiriac) and the Award for best actors (ex-aequo - Claudiu Bleont, for the role of Harry, respectively Richard Bovnoczki, for the role of Doko).   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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In December, a New Show by Radu Afrim at NTB! 22 November 2019
In early December, this year, on the stage of the National Theatre of Bucharest, Chekhov - the most original playwright of his time - meets the vision of one of the most unconventional and talented theatre directors in Romania, Radu Afrim. After five other shows created on the theatre stages, including the exceptional enactment with "The Forest of the Hanged" from the end of last year, Radu Afrim is preparing a new show, "Three Sisters" - an un(naturally) free script after Chekhov. The preview will take place on December 3rd and 4th, 2019, and the official premiere on December 5th, 2019, from 7.30 pm, in the Studio Hall. It is well known that Afrim rarely stages classical dramaturgy, preferring contemporary texts or original scripts. However, when he does, he proposes extremely personal and exciting upgrades, with a strong impact on viewers. The worlds recreated by him after classical texts aroused controversy, even disturbed, but his shows did not leave anyone indifferent. Radu Afrim challenges the audience again, offering a remix of a classical play, hallucinating and extremely topical revival of a story told hundreds of times, a powerful, original and shocking show that, like all Afrim brand creations, will draw viewers out of their comfort zone. Far from the settings in which the spirit of Russia is rendered through clichés, "Three Sisters" by Radu Afrim proposes a surrealist vision, a mixture of absurd, humour, grotesque, but also of deep sensitivity, which places the story of the three sisters in contemporary Romania. In his new show from NTB, Afrim creates a universe that is molded on the receptivity of the contemporary audience, with obvious references to the present, but which integrates so well into the world imagined by Chekhov over 100 years ago.   "I took the liberty to read the thoughts of the three sisters. And Andrei's. And to transcribe them word for word. I mean, I scribbled over the silence between their old words for over a hundred years. My people reflectincessantly. They are sick with thoughts. No spleen. And it would be ideal for them to act. They are already beginning to take action. I took several liberties. I would call them interventions in (almost) still life. Or a little adrenaline in the vivarium. And yet I could not change their destiny. Should I perceive this detail as a failure of mine? ”, Radu Afrim. The show boasts a cast comprising some of the most famous actors of the moment: Raluca Aprodu, Natalia Calin, Flavia Giurgiu, Marius Manole, Emilian Oprea, Irina Movila, Istvan Teglas, Ada Gales, Ciprian Nicula, Florin Calbajos, and is performed in collaboration with a team of innovative artists, with whom Afrim constantly collaborates: Irina Moscu - stage design, Andrei Cozlac - video design, Calin Topa - sound design. The following performances are scheduled for December 28th and 29th, 2019, from 7.30 pm.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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High school students go to the theatre again. 5 high schools - 5 theatres 2019 is starting 09 October 2019
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019, marks the beginning of the 9th edition of 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres, a project dedicated to students. The launch will take place at the Nicolae Toniza High School of Fine Arts, starting from 11:00. All the participants of this year - high school students and teachers from Bucharest, organizers and partner theatres are waiting for the launch event. ECDL Romania, together with its partners, UNITER, Bucharest City Hall, School Inspectorate of Bucharest Municipality, House of the Academics and Small Theatre, IL Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, Jewish State Theatre, Ion Creangă Theatre, Nottara Theatre invites you to meet the young artists and theatre spectators. 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres is an educational project that encourages high school students to be involved in cultural activities, through their access to institutions and to plays, challenging them at the same time to a show competition. The theatres reopen their season for another 150 students, including members of the theatreensembles, from 5 other high schools in the capital. Everyone will watch free shows from the season of each of the 5 partner theatres in the project dedicated to young people, 5 high schools - 5 theatres: the Small Theatre, the IL Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest, the Jewish State theatre, the Ion Creangă theatre and the Nottara Theatre. The new schools in the capital participating in this edition are: Nicolae Tonitza High School of Fine Arts, CA Rosetti Theoretical High School, Mircea Vulcănescu Technological High School, Stefan Odobleja Theoretical High School and Gheorghe Asachi Technical College. The project will run between October - December 2019 and will end with the 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres Gala, when the representations, the judging and the awarding of the five plays performed by the high school students will take place. High school students will then have the chance to get on a major stage in Bucharest, to perform in front of a jury of theatre professionals and to be applauded by a large audience. On Wednesday, at the launch event of 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres, we intend to find out what are the stages of this edition and we will draw the working groups at short shows.  Since the first edition started in 2011 at the initiative of ECDL Romania, 1,200 students from 35 different high schools in Bucharest have participated in this project. They will be joined by the 150 students from the new 5 high schools selected for the 9th edition. Alternative education is of crucial importance for the development of young people, who must continue to be directed towards real and fair values, including cultural values. ECDL initiatives promote the balanced development of young people, who pursue international IT&C careers and certifications, but also understand the act of culture, as a complement to the knowledge and skills accumulated in school. You can find more information about the project 5 High Schools - 5 Theatres on or on  ECDL - the international standard for digital skills certification.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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