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09 October 2019
A New Premiere at NTB: Carnival Stuff 19 June 2021
"Carnival Stuff", a show of vitriolic humour, directed by Alexandru Dabija! One would think that Alexandru Dabija "reads" Caragiale in a "different" key. In fact, he looks at him inwardly, and he likes what he sees. And with what he likes he identifies. A Caragiale lucid and cynical to the point of cruelty with his heroes, a side that Dabija exploits with great interest in his performances. Let's remember his previous production, at the National, with "Lottery Tickets" (!), a show that enjoyed, in the Caragiale anniversary year 2012, praiseworthy reviews, attentive interpretations, several awards and participation in important festivals. A shattering vision of contemporary human emptiness and derision is also offered with "Carnival Stuff"; a modern staging faithful to the Caragialian text, with a humour that is no longer benevolent but rather vitriolic. A provocative performance whose aesthetics is close to that of the silent film, which brings to light the absurdity of the human condition with realistic means. The stage set (Raluca Alexandrescu's set; Liliana Cenean's costumes) and the scenic movement (Florin Fieroiu) capture the whole mechanism of this classic black and white comedy in which the destinies of the puppet characters are trapped as if in a mill, "pervaded" by the thought of revenge in their own foolishness and imbecility. Rejecting the temptation of the carnival with confetti, Alexandru Dabija proposes a dizzying carousel of emptiness and nothingness. Starring: Irina Movilă, Natalia Călin, Rodica Ionescu, Claudiu Bleonț, Gavril Pătru, Emilian Oprea, Marius Rizea / Ionuț Toader, Mihai Munteniță, Mihai Calotă and Ciprian Nicula. The preview of the show will take place on 19th and 20th June 2021, at 8.00 p.m., and the official premiere is scheduled for 26th June 2021, at 8.00 p.m., at the Studio Hall. Until the end of July, when the season closes, you still have a few more opportunities to see the new show at the National Theatre of Bucharest. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre! An additional invitation: In the series #MemoryABC on the NTB Facebook page, we invite you to watch a moment of theatrical history in which you will find out how the first performance of Carnival Stuff was received by the audience and the press of the time, more than 136 years ago! You will also find out about the cast of that first production. We look forward to your impressions on our Facebook page, please include the hashtag in your reply: #MemoryABC.     Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Ion Caramitru, a Privileged Relationship with Eminescu's Work 15 June 2021
“We owe him a lot because he carried Eminescu's creation not only everywhere in Romania, on major stages, but also outside Romania, in major theater\\res and cultural institutions. Maybe some people do not open a book to read anymore, but they listen to it, and the way this Eminescu was built and delivered to us, communicated, is completely and utterly original”. We easily recognize in this "portrait" the exceptional personality of Ion Caramitru, whose privileged relationship with Eminescu's creation is unanimously acknowledged. The above words, of university professor Mircea A. Diaconu accompanied the very recent awarding, at the Ipoteşti Memorial - “Mihai Eminescu” Study Centre, of the Prize for promoting Eminescu’s work to the actor Ion Caramitru, manager of the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre and UNITER president, within a ceremony organized on the occasion of the Mihai Eminescu Days, 132 years since the poet's death. The prize is awarded by the Ipoteşti Memorial, based on a decision adopted by a national jury, which included university professors Iulian Costache (University of Bucharest), Mircea A. Diaconu ("Ştefan cel Mare" University of Suceava) and Andrei Terian (University "Lucian Blaga" Sibiu). Ion Caramitru never forgets to state that his whole life stood under the sign of the poet, whose work he brought to light not only through utterance, but which he also capitalized on through initiatives of exceptional importance: “In four years of ministry (IC was Minister of Culture 1996-2000 nn), among other things, the digital facsimile of Eminescu's manuscripts ranked highest, through a government decision that I imposed.” The prize awarded in Ipotești was received with emotion and with the feeling of a lifetime achievement, Ion Caramitru confessing once again that he has “an everlasting passion for Eminescu” and that he has truly unique feelings while reciting Eminescu. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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Let's Talk About Life!, for the first time at NTB 13 June 2021
The play of the year 2019, awarded by UNITER, on the NTB stage! An exceptional one-woman show, with Florentina Țilea! Let's Talk About Life! by Ana Sorina Corneanu, designated The best play of 2019, at the Drama Contest organized by UNITER, is the next premiere of the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest, scheduled for the evening of June 13th, 2021, from 8.00 p.m., at the Black Box Hall. The same young director - Zsuzsánna Kovács, who recently staged Nick Payne's "Incognito" at the National, as part of the Open Doors for All Programme, was invited to perform, this time under the auspices of the Ion Sava Center for Theatrical Research and Creation from NTB, a show with the UNITER-awarded play. Florin Fieroiu signs the choreography, the musical composition belongs to Călin Țopa, and the set design is created by Gabi Albu. Florentina Țileaimpersonates Greta, the young woman who choreographs her future through options, gracefully dancing between the concrete example of her friend, employed at a multinational and the urging of inner voices, which send her to a less materialistic area. "Caught between what she wants and what society considers indispensable, Greta painstakingly builds a psychological escape plan, which changes every moment. A roller coaster of the human mind, an introspection of the soul in search of truth, a play about who we are… when we do not relate to what others expect us to be" says the author, Ana Sorina Corneanu. "Will she start in the direction that most people are heading or will she be able to formulate, by the end of the show, what she only feels at the beginning - the fact that she has started in another direction? - is one of the questions in the play, onto which meditated the show's director, Zsuzsánna Kovács.The man 's greatest curiosity, she continues, is how his life will look like, which will be his story… Greta invites us to participate in her show, whose playwright, director and actor of each role is herself. This show should help her decide in which direction to steer her story." In a context in which, amid an explosion of communication and social interaction, a pandemic occurred that threw us all into isolation and locked us in wider or narrower pens, generating a huge mass of frustrated people, whose plans for the future, aspirations, dreams were taken away or, at least postponed - Greta's character appears to us as an emblematic one. Zsuzsánna Kovács is from Sfântu Gheorghe. She studied directing at the “Ion Luca Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Cinematography in Bucharest, where she also graduated with a master's degree in the art of theatre director. In 2012, she directed “Central Park West” by Woody Allen, at Godot, “The Unfortunate” by Füst Milán, UNATC “I.L. Caragiale”, hosted by the Odeon Theatre, in the 2011 season. In 2015, she directed “Ibusár” by Parti Nagy Lajos, at Tamási Áron Theatre from Sfântu Gheorghe. She collaborates with Unteatru, where she edits shows such as “Liliom” by Molnár Ferenc, in 2016, “Nora” by Henrik Ibsen, in 2017, then “Alcestis - or who dies in your place” after Euripides, in 2019. In 2020, Zsuzsánna Kovács also makes her debut in the “I.L. Caragiale” National Theatreof Bucharest with the show “Incognito” by Nick Payne. Ana Sorina Corneanu is a graduate of the Faculty of Theatre, acting department (Târgu-Mureş University of Arts and Spiru Haret University - Faculty of Arts, Bucharest) and of the Tudor Vornicu Television School - editorial department. Published books: The Diary of Fluffy-Sticky, Winter's Tale, Be Independent: Say "BYE" instead of "YES"! Emotional Development Guide. Collection of games for educating the child through theatrical art exercises, Practical guide for understanding emotions through art therapy, Diary(2019) and Let's talk about life, UNITEXT publishing house. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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HOP Gala - Young Actor’s Gala, 2021 edition 26 April 2021
Motto: "Caragiale - a world in motion"What a world! What a world! What a world!(A Lost Letter, Act IV, Scene 4) UNITER announces the organization of the pre-selection for the HOP! Young Actor’s Gala, 24th edition.The 2021 HOP Young Actor’s Gala continues with the theme: Choreographic Theatre. The DanceActor as a Phenomenon of Contemporary Theatre and will also take place under the wand of the well-known choreographer and dancer Gigi Căciuleanu.This year as well, the pre-selection will take place based on the video recordings sent by the competitors. We address all the actors who graduated from college (bachelor's degree), up to 33 years old. For both sections, Individual and Group, the pre-selection will be carried out as follows:- Presentation of a moment of movement and text prepared by the competitor (maximum 10 minutes in the Individual section and maximum 15 minutes in the Group section).In the construction of the moment, the competitors will treat the text by means of choreographic theatre, in a mixed form - free combination of verbal and non-verbal forms.Maximum composition of a group - 7 people.In the construction of the presented moments, we will follow the original treatment through text and movement (in equal ratio, 50/50 between words and movement) of some pages of free choice from the work of Ion Luca Caragiale: Plays, Sketches, various texts (articles, poems etc. ). Guidelines:• Monologues and / or Dialogues set in motion (Verb - Word / Verb - Action)• Verbal and situational humour taken towards the Danced Act ...• Dynamic relationships between characters (Why not reinvented? Why not even coming from different texts?)Refinement of gestures that populate both the actual texts of the plays, moments and sketches, as well as very precise captions or indications of attitudes and play appearing as filigree, between the lines, with the same “choreographic force” as the text itself.A revisited Caragiale, over space and time, now that Ionescu's absurdity is not only familiar to us, but has even become a classic.Moments of humour or humour about love and hate, about stupidity and intelligence sketched not only in word or gesture, but also in elaborate movement.Those admitted will present the moment prepared, live, at the 2021 HOP Gala.Candidates must send to the email address the video recording of the prepared moment (landscape format), a resume, a copy of the graduation diploma (or certificate issued by the faculty), a photo (portrait, 300 dpi resolution), the title and the logistical and technical information for the presented exercise. The deadline for submitting registration materials is July 15th, 2021.UNITER Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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